Are handbags and belts made out of the same leather as Ludwig Reiter shoes?
The leather used for shoes has to fulfill different criteria than that used for handbags. Leather that is used for belts has other characteristics again. There are few leather types that can fulfill all requirements. The shade and surface finish are always linked to the material properties. As with fashionable products, that have a shorter use and life-span, the visual appearance has priority, other qualities come second. It is therefore an indication of quality, when - as done at Ludwig Reiter - shoes, bags and belts are all made of different leather types, which never look completely identical, even with the same colouring.
Does Ludwig Reiter produce bespoke shoes?
We do not offer bespoke shoes but offer our clients in addition to the existing models so-called "custom-made" shoes. With the international "custom made" way of producing shoes according to the customers criteria, model, leather, sole and last are configured and produced. With the help of a sample-book and colour cards the model and leather is chosen. The correct last, which is the three dimensional form of the shoe, is chosen with the help and expertise of our shop assistants and through trying on various existing shoes available in the Ludwig Reiter shop. We utilise about ten different lasts for men, each available in 2 – 4 widths and 16 different lengths, giving us about 500 different lasts to chose from. The probability of not finding the fitting last is practically impossible except with problematic orthopaedic requirements.
Are Ludwig Reiter products hand-made?
Yes, grinder and sewing machines are utilised in the initial production process of the shoe. This production process is the same in a handcraft business, the typical difference of a factory being they have to a great extent different sections responsible for certain shoemaking processes. With this combined degree of specialisation of skilled labour it enables a higher quality and larger variety of products.
Who designs the products of Ludwig Reiter?
The most models of Ludwig Reiter are based on classical samples, there are continuously developed. These developments as well as occasional innovations are like with any good design the result of the practical experience of the owner as well as of the producer of the product. " Classic does not flow out of the feather of a designer. Classic is the final product, how it emerges out of a work shop or a factory." Elio Fiorrucci
How do I determine the correct size?
On each product page, you will find a link to the "Size Chart." You can use this chart to determine your size. Additionally, you will also find information on "Size and Fit," where we provide details about the fit and sizing options for each product.
How long do Ludwig Reiter shoes last?
Generally speaking, the durability of shoes is strongly dependent on their treatment and care. Additionally, it depends on their styling. For instance, Goodyear-welted shoes last significantly longer than glued or flexible-sewn shoes. Resoling your shoes can enhance the durability of them. In spite of good treatment and care, the upper leather and the inner lining ware out. You can estimate the durability of your shoe to be around 3.000 hours. You should then grant your long-worn shoe a worthy end, and subsequently get yourself a new pair of Ludwig Reiter shoes!
Without appropriate care (see "Shoe Care") it is possible that shoes wear off significantly faster. For personal expert advice, our colleagues in our stores are happy to assist you.
Where is the business of Ludwig Reiter located and who does it belong to?
Since 1885, the business of Ludwig Reiter is located in Vienna. The production plant is located in Süßenbrunn since Spring 2011. Additionally, there are branches and stores located in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. 100% of the company is owned by the Reiter Family.