Saint Vacant founder Janne Lax is an experienced cobbler who studied the craft in England. He founded Saint Vacant after returning to Helsinki in 2005 but the real innovation came last year. In 2016 Lax edited his Saint Vacant collection down to five essential styles of shoes. The big idea behind the change is that every man’s life can fit into five soles. Combining his quality design work with the classic footwear styles and a philosophy of sustainability, Saint Vacant has its feet firmly on the ground.