Ludwig Reiter shoes - Companions for life since 1885.
The shoe manufactory’s history reaches
back to 1885 and the company is now run by a family member in the fourth generation. With the formation of his company, shoemaker master Ludwig
Reiter lays the foundation for a family business that 130 years later still epitomizes craftsmanship and a love for functional classics.
Quality takes time
Be it the craftsmanship that creates a shoe in no fewer than 300 steps, or the wearing of it through the years, the Reiter shoe is a companion for life.
Traditional manufacturing processes such as the Goodyear method, which was impor-
ted by Ludwig Reiter II. from America, are still in use today at the Viennese workshop. As with the production methods, the styles, some of which date back to the Imperial Era, have evolved throughout the company’s history.
The customer appreciates Viennese craftsmanship
For the creation of a Reiter shoe up to 300 steps are necessary. The oldest machine in operation dates back to 1910 as little has changed in the production process. From the acquisition of leather to the production of the obligatory shoebox, regionalism and sustainability are paid the utmost attention.
The welted shoe
Produced with the Goodyear machine, the welted shoe stands for long durability, repairability and an excellent fit. With this type of shoe the upper and outsole are only indirectly connected via a frame and two elastic stitches, giving the shoes many advan-
tages including superior wearability. Ludwig Reiter is the last factory in Austria to produce welted shoes.
Tradition at Ludwig Reiter is by no means an end in itself, but it seeks to transform and develop. The Viennese shoemaking tradition combines an uncompromising preservation towards high quality standards, finishing techniques and progressive development. New interpretations of the traditional shape and style provide an insight into the contemporary and modern requirements of the clients. All these requests merge into the vision statement of Ludwig Reiter: “The Future of Tradition”.
“Tradition is a Lantern.
The foolish hold on to it,
The clever allow it to lead the way.”
George Bernard Shaw