Rieker is a footwear and accessories retailer that manufactures shoes and bags for men and women to around 9,000 independent retailers, mainly in Europe. The head office is in Thayngen, Switzerland and the company employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide in sales, design and production. Founded in the Black Forest region of southern Germany in 1874, Rieker has been family-owned for five generations. The retailer designs and produces almost all of its range, which includes fashion shoes and footwear for outdoor activities. It also created its own footwear technology (Rieker Antistress) to help improve shoe support, flexibility and durability.