Why buy Rieker - The Ultimate Guide
A little Rieker History
Founded in the Black Forest region of Southern Germany in 1874, Rieker originally produced shoes for the affluent citizens of Northern Italy.
The company soon gained a reputation for quality and has built itself into a household name in Central Europe. The company has been family owned for 5 generations and its commitment to quality and style has ensured continuous growth for 30 years.
At the beginning of the 1970's new headquarters were set up in Switzerland and production moved away from Europe. Today Rieker employs approximately 20,000 people in 3 design units, 16 wholesale units and in our their production units in Eastern Europe, North Africa and Vietnam.
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Rieker AntistressRieker antistress footwear is unique. To maintain the integrity of its special constructions, together with the flexibility to respond quickly to fashion trends, virtually everything Rieker sells is made by Rieker.
Rieker ShoesRieker 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.
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.
Rieker product design
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.
- Maximum reflexibility (what we call the ´barefoot´ feeling).
- A construction that devotes space to areas where the foot expands through the day.
- Optimum shock absorption on varying surfaces.
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.
How do Rieker shoes fit?
By far one of our most popular brands, Rieker Shoes are synonymous with comfort, quality and choice. In this blog, we explain how Rieker shoes fit, as well as answer frequently asked questions from our customers.
Boutique on the Green have the biggest independent selection of Rieker in the UK and have been working with this brand for a very long time. From queries about bunions to care advice, we have heard it all and know Rieker like the back of our hand.
Are Rieker shoes true to size?
Rieker is fairly dependable in terms of shoe size length, however, it is really important to note that they are made in EU sizes, so we strongly advise buying Rieker shoes in their manufactured size. The exact same is true for the Rieker sister brand Remonte Shoes which are designed and made in the same way.
It is common for customers to initially find it difficult to select the correct size due to size conversion issues. However generally from then onwards you can stick with the same EU size each time you look to add to your Rieker or Remonte collection.
Are Rieker shoes true fitting?
Not all Rieker Shoes are wide fitting, however, there is a good selection of wider fitting styles available. Rieker makes a variety of shoe shapes that fit differently and while most are a regular fit (which suites the majority of people) though there is some variability.
While it is not marked on the box, our teams in-store have many years of hands-on experience and have become experts in fit testing and identifying wide fit Rieker Shoes.
This helps us incorporate this valuable knowledge in our product categories online and our product descriptions, to help get the right fit the first time. We have compiled a women’s wide-fitting Rieker collection. Whether they have a roomier toe box or wider fit all round, these styles are ideal for those who need a more generous fit.
Are Rieker shoes good for bunions?
This is highly beneficial for those who have bunions and the wider fitting styles in the range are very popular with our customers. Look for leather uppers that will stretch and avoid details over the bunion area to minimise discomfort and offer enhanced breathability and moisture-wicking.
Are all Rieker shoes leather?
Not all Rieker shoes are leather and increasingly man-made materials have been integrated into designs to maintain lower prices. In general, the styles are made with man-made materials that offer superb comfort combined with excellent value for money.
Leather shoes are sought out for their breathable and malleable uppers, offering lasting comfort however there is a growing trend throughout the footwear industry to adopt man-made materials both on cost and environmental grounds.
On our website, product descriptions will state clearly if shoes have a leather upper however if you are unsure, please get in touch so that we help out.