THE Riomar® STORY
As an avid waterman growing up in Vero Beach, Florida Lange Sykes, Riomar®'s founder and creative director, recognized a void in the market for premium quality, technically functional and aesthetically pleasing footwear that would allow the wearer the ability to easily transition on and off the water.
Lange was always an admirer of the traditional bit driver style shoe but it didn’t function the way he needed, or fit the requirements of a coastal lifestyle. Lange initially sent out to improve the design and function, but soon realized he'd invented something much more significant.
At Riomar® Shoes we’ve created the highest quality, all weather, boat shoe in the world, with one very unique feature. Our shoes can be personalized at your discretion, through the use of our patented interchangeable bearing design.
PATENTED INTERCHANGEABLE BEARINGS
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, save valuable space on board a boat or in your carry on luggage.
HOW Riomar® SHOES ARE MADE
We’re proud to be manufacturing our shoes in Portugal, a sea fearing 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.
DEDICATION TO CONSERVATION
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® donates 5% of all profits to the Coastal Conservation Association Florida. They have a proven track record of affecting positive change in the areas of water quality, habitat and fisheries management.