The Riomar® Story

Growing up on an island in Florida, my idols were the local watermen. I was fascinated by how easily they transitioned through daily life. I admired their versatility and their effortless shift from a morning surf, to the office, to an afternoon spear fishing, and the family dinner with the fish shot earlier. 

Riomar® is a way of life. It’s that spot between the river and the sea. It’s a heading to follow -while negotiating the ever-changing world around us. 

We design for those who demand more. Every detail serves a purpose. From our waterproof leathers, to our breathable odorless lining, antimicrobial insoles and our non-slip, non-marking, outsoles - Riomar® is the new standard in footwear, pioneering versatility through innovation. 

Change Your Bearings, Not Your Sole; that’s our ethos. 

With a patented interchangeable design, Riomar® invented a way to live creatively through footwear. These are the durable qualities in nature we should all require from the products we use today. 

Having a deep respect for our waters, we recognize the need to conserve our marine resources. That’s why we give back. To preserve them for future generations. 

Beach, Boat to Boardroom - Riomar® is comfort, versatility, and style, for today’s ever changing world. 

 Lange Sykes - Founder/Creative Director




Our motto is “Change your bearings, not your sole.” Our design allows you to easily change the look or color on your Riomar® shoes through an endless variety of bearings that compliment any style or look. We offer custom embroidered designs and patterns in your favorite colors. 

The bearings are made from 304 stainless steel and the threaded pin design allows for a quick change on the same pair of shoes, or to other Riomar® models. This feature gives you a tangible advantage not only to live creatively day to day, but also to save valuable space on board a boat or in your carry on luggage. (United States Patents US-20210353004-A, US-11071352-B2, and Patents pending.) 




We’re proud to be manufacturing our shoes in Portugal, a seafaring nation with an 800 year tradition of making some of the worlds highest quality footwear. 

Riomar® sources the finest leathers and materials available from environmentally and socially responsible tanneries and manufacturers. We then treat them to provide a 100% waterproof barrier between you and the elements. Our soles are designed with professional grade non-skid sipeing. They are non-marking and our insoles are made from Eva foam, providing antimicrobial properties, orthopedic support and shock absorption. 



Riomar® promotes the traditional coastal waterman lifestyle and as such we recognize the imperative need to conserve our marine resources for future generations to enjoy. That’s why Riomar® gives back, to preserve those resources for future generations.