Verdict from 7.4 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of the reviews state that the Airwalk Rieder is a comfortable shoe.
  • The shoe's lightweight and breathable construction is perfect for summer, based on a number of wearers' opinions.
  • Several consumers buy multiple pairs of this kick due to its stylish colorways.
  • A significant number of reviewers admire the Airwalk Rieder's tasteful yet classic design.
  • A few wearers are happy that they get tons of compliments whenever they opt for this kick.
  • Some shoe users with wide feet are delighted at this pair's fit.
  • A couple of long-time Airwalk consumers share that they bought this pair to relive memories.
  • Most buyers deem this kick to be a very affordable kick.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most shoe users disclosed that it wears out quickly.
  • Several purchasers wish for more padding around the ankle area as some tend to get blisters after wearing this kick for too long.

Bottom line

The Rieder by Airwalk exudes a classic skate shoe design and boasts of a sleek upper that appeals to skaters and casual wearers alike. Allotting the same level of importance on comfort and style, this sneaker blends a sporty yet dressy look with a padded in-step feel for enjoyable daily use.

However, the shoe's durability had some consumers second-guessing as it breaks down quite quickly. Despite this, others persist in choosing to cop a pair due to its incredibly affordable price, comfort, and style.

This kick's padded collar and insole coupled with the breathability of the canvas upper offer comfort in every step. Those who fancy a timelessly designed skate shoe can choose from men and women’s sizes.

Dressed in classic skate attitude, the Airwalk Rieder's low-top construction provides a sleek style that looks good while performing tricks and is also able to dress up any casual outfit. Users can combine classic style with modern-day trends by pairing it with joggers and a vintage band shirt. Or stick with the time-tested choices by dressing it in jeans or short for the men and leggings and skirts for the women.

The Airwalk Rieder features multi-layered canvas on its upper for durability and ventilation. A foxing tape wraps around the midsole for added visual appeal and durability. Finally, two tread patterns grace the shoe's outsole, a honeycomb pattern and a wave-like pattern, which offers excellent traction.

Long before becoming a Payless brand, Airwalk enjoyed popularity and success in the skateboarding world in the late 80s to early 90s. The brand had a professional, heavyweight team and produced footwear that skaters actually wanted to use. Airwalk debuted in 1986 and was founded by George Yohn and Bill Mann who both had backgrounds in the footwear industry.

The brand started out wanting to provide sneakers during the fitness boom of the 70s. They set on studying the jazzercise trend but took too long and were taken over by bigger brands. Feeling defeated, an idea came to Bill one day when his son complained about how his skate shoes were so boring and dull and saw it as a business opportunity. He started observing kids in the skate park and based their next shoe models on the demands of skateboarding.

In the 80s, the brand released high-top shoes with loud colors and crazy patterns such as Velocity, Enigma, and Disaster – these shoes reflected that era's style. And skate celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, and Christian Hosoi were some of the riders in the brand's professional team. Airwalk shifted its kick's design in the 90s and opted for more streamlined and simpler shoes like the One, Solo 2, and 86.

By the mid-90s, the company was earning nine digit amounts annually. Fast-forward to today, Airwalk as a brand is not as popular as before. Their shoes are only generally available in Payless stores but continually dishes out super affordable footwear for the masses nonetheless. One of their many offerings is the Airwalk Rieder, a classic skate shoe with timeless good looks. The kick is available in a number of colorways.

  • This kick is available in Regular / Medium width.
  • Metal eyelets secure the shoelaces to keep feet in place.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.