RHEA seeks to make fashion and function synonymous in footwear that is comfortable, good-looking and safe on all surfaces. Crafted from premium materials including the finest leathers and suedes, every pair features superior grip technology thanks to a patented micro-channel tread pattern that offers the highest friction while pushing out moisture.
RHEA founders John Lee and Paul Ahn (who grew up in his family's successful footwear business, hanging out at trade shows and in factories from the age of four) met as students at Cornell University. They lamented the lack of attractive shoes that could stand up to Ithaca's long winters and slippery wet and icy streets, and set out to develop a solution together. Today, RHEA sandals, flats and boots keep their growing fan base grounded in style.
You should expect a little bit more out of everything you own. You want the best performance in the rain for your “All-Season” tires. You want the best grip in snow on your “winter” tires without having to put your snow chains on. This shouldn’t be any different for your shoes except one thing: you care about how the shoes look. You want your shoes to look nice while having the best grip on whatever surface.
Our shoes provide the perfect integration between function and style. Improving upon proven non-slip technology, which is a necessity to protect people from slippery conditions. We implemented an improved compound to work on ice and snow to provide practicality for everyday use for everyone. This common theme of providing functionality along with style formed Rhea Footwear.
Enter co-founders Paul Ahn and John Lee who brought together the technology that provides superior grip on all terrains and a stylish design during their time at Cornell University. Paul and John spent time in Ithaca, New York, a place where it rains and snows more often than it shines. They were unable to find shoes that were practical in the rain and snow while being stylish. Rhea was founded under the mission to deliver high quality shoes that integrate style with technology. In Ithaca’s weather conditions, shoes were either too functional, but ugly, or too stylish without any functionality.