About Our Shoes

ITS ALL ABOUT COMFORT


Barefoot Technology

Humans were meant to walk barefoot, and it’s because of this that many shoes create such painful conditions. Modern life has made walking barefoot impractical and impossible, due to things such as hard pavement and pesticides on the ground. Rieker kept this in mind when he designed his shoes to mimic a barefoot walking experience. The shoes are roomy enough to allow the foot to move and bend the way it would if it were bare, allowing the bones and muscles to be used the way they were meant to be used.

Rieker shoes are not merely decorative, fashionable, products. Their functional features mean they offer much more than that. Every shoe incorporates our special construction and utilises lightweight and elastic components to achieve our special antistress features.
 

Those features are:

  • Minimum weight.
  • Optimum shock absorption on varying surfaces.
  • Maximum reflexibility (what we call the ´barefoot´ feeling).
  • A construction that devotes space to areas where the foot expands through the day.
Rieker shoes are different from athletic shoes because the design of athletic shoes is mostly for short-term, high performance. The performance of Rieker shoes is not only measured by how fast you run or how high you jump but how good you feel in everyday life.

 

HISTORY


Rieker Shoes provides shoes and accessories to around 7,500 independent retailers, mainly in Europe. The head office is in Thayngen, Switzerland. The group employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide in design, production and sales.

Originally founded in the Black Forest region of Southern Germany in 1874, Rieker has been family owned for five generations and has enjoyed steady growth for many years.

Rieker products blend decorative design in a unique way with wearability, reflecting momentary fashion trends through competent design while providing functional features normally found in sportswear.

Rieker Antistress have been manufacturing shoes for over 130 years. Herr Heinrich Rieker established the first factory in 1874. Rieker Antistress is presently going through a quick growth world –wide. It operates its fully vertically combined operations in 62 countries around the world and is one of the largest shoe manufacturers in Europe.

Rieker Antistress shoes are designed to give the wearer comfort and style, without sacrificing one for the other. Rieker shoes are available in a variety of styles, for both women and men. Because of the number of styles and colours available, wearers of Rieker can wear the shoes year-round, while enjoying the pleasure and comfort that the antistress technology affords them.
 

History of Rieker Antistress Shoes

In the 1800s, shoes were usually heavy, inflexible and uncomfortable. Because of this, Heinrich Rieker started his shoe company in 1874, determined to construct shoes that were lightweight and comfortable. Knowing that shoes could and should be roomy enough for the foot, and comfortable enough to walk around in, he set about inventing such a shoe. Rieker passed the ownership of his shoe company down to his sons, and it continues to be run by Rieker family members.

 

Antistress Design
Rieker shoes are antistress, which means that they are designed to eliminate stress on the wearer’s feet. By doing this, the shoes also eliminate some stress on the joints of the legs and the back. Rieker antistress shoes are made with roomy toe boxes, so that the toes of the feet are not cramped in the shoe. Heel cups are made sturdy but soft. The soles of Rieker shoes are made to absorb the shock from walking, thus protecting the muscles and bones of the feet from feeling the impact.

 

Barefoot Technology
Humans were meant to walk barefoot, and it’s because of this that many shoes create such painful conditions. Modern life has made walking barefoot impractical and impossible, due to things such as hard pavement and pesticides on the ground. Rieker kept this in mind when he designed his shoes to mimic a barefoot walking experience. The shoes are roomy enough to allow the foot to move and bend the way it would if it were bare, allowing the bones and muscles to be used the way they were meant to be used.

 

Colours
Rieker antistress shoes come in a wide variety of colours. Many of the styles the company offers are available in more than five different colours.
 
Rieker Antistress Shoes Styles
Rieker antistress shoes are available in a variety of styles, including sandals, fashion shoes and boots. This array of styles coupled with the many colors available means that you can walk in antistress comfort no matter what the occasion or outfit.

Rieker Antistress has been making shoes for over 130 years. Herr Heinrich Rieker opened the first factory in 1874. When Heinrich died, ownership and management of the factory in Tuttlingen, near the German Black Forest, passed to his three sons Ernst, Heinrich junior and Karl. The company grew fast and by 1924 had over 1000 employees, which doubled by 1964. It has remained under Family control ever since, and in 1975 Markus Rieker took control and has lead the company from strength to strength. Rieker Antis tress is currently undergoing rapid growth throughout the world – it operates its fully vertically integrated operations in 62 countries around the world and is one of the largest shoe manufacturers in Europe.
 

Joseph Seible History

In 1886 one of the first shoe factories in Hauenstein was founded by Carl-August Seibel. At that time he produced shoes and sandals in his own house. In 1907 a new factory was built, which still produces shoes today.

Throughout the years business continued to grow. The recession of the 70`s hit Europe hard and it meant Josef Seibel had to be smart. They took steps to introduce new ideas and developments which allowed Josef Seibel to avert the difficult times. Towards the end of the 1980′s new production facilities, offices and warehouses were built in Hauenstein, Hungary and Romania allowing them to facilitate their growth.

In 2005 Josef Seibel took Romika Shoes from insolvency to a flourishing company within the Josef Seibel Group (Romika Shoes GmbH). Today Josef Seibel continues to develop innovative products for the consumer using the latest technology and know-how.