Every now and then a company comes along that not only impresses me with the quality of their product, but in the way they do business and the tangible positive impact they make to the world around them. It won't take you long, while reading this post, to find out just how thrilled I am to have had the chance to experience the products of Oliberte but also learn and share with you how they are helping individuals and families in the poorest of countries to use what's been given to them as tools to lift them out of poverty and into a life where their needs are met and they have pride in their work and in their success. I have loved using my Oliberte products for a couple weeks now and grow to appreciate them more and more with each use. Oliberte send me a pair of their Anjula Camel Pullups, their Kobio bag, and a Krabu backpack, at no cost, to facilitate this review.
Who Is Oliberte?
Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. We believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect. In 2009, we started off as a small footwear company partnering with factories and suppliers in Africa. Since then, we gained enough momentum to launch our very own factory in 2012. We make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at this factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, we also became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory. - Oliberte Website
I love one of Oliberte's motto's "Trade Not Aid". While it is good to have compassion for those that are less fortunate, charity only goes so far and unless it's replenished, the families and individuals soon return to the same impoverished situation they found themselves in before. By giving the people of Ethiopia a tangible way to pull themselves out of poverty through a fair trade enterprise like Oliberte, adults are able to learn a skill that enables them to care for their families and stop the generational cycle of poverty. Proceeds from every purchase goes right back into the company so that Oliberte can create more safe and ethically sound factories bringing more jobs to the people of Africa. "Because every purchase, every pair, every person matters."
To learn more about Oliberte and to even watch a video of how their products are made, click HERE.
- Casual women's sneaker with double toe cap
- Rubber Cupsole with side-wall stitching for extra reinforcement
- Camel Pullup Upper
- 100% goat leather tan lining
- Water-based PU comfort insole with heel stabilizer
- Tan poly-blend cord laces
- Made in Ethiopia
- Fair Trade Certified™
- This style is built on our ANBESSO last
- This is our ‘classic’ but updated sneaker last
- Fits true to size - Oliberte Website Product Description
Oliberte shoes don't come in 1/2 sizes. I normally wear a size 7.5 (US) and at their suggestion, I went with a size 7. I'm so glad that I did! I don't like to wear thick socks (I usually wear "no shows"), and when I first tried them on, I even thought they might be a little big. I took them with me on a family trip to Michigan and wore them on an adventure with our kids and extended family to their local town festival. These shoes were on my feet for over 8 hours and felt comfortable the entire time. By wearing them outside for a longer period of time, the leather was able to move and form to the shape of my feet. Now my Anjula's fit like a glove!
To order your own pair of Anjula Leather Shoes click HERE to order them from Oliberte. Normally $110, these shoes are currently on sale for $77!
- Leather shopping bag
- Premium African Leather
- Large front pocket wit detail stitching
- 8.5" x 8" side pocket (fits iPad)
- Ethiopian cotton lining
- Height: 15"
- Width: 14" (top) - 17" (bottom)
- Made in Ethiopia
- Fair Trade Certified - Oliberte Website Product Description
I love the natural ease and simple beauty that is found in this bag and I have found it goes with just about every outfit in my closet and dresser. The Kobio "Light Brown" color is my favorite, (though currently sold out) but there are still two other fantastic colors to choose from!
Pick yours up now from Oliberte HERE for $75
- Adjustable leather straps
- Carrying handle
- Dual buckle closure
- Premium dark grey brushed wax leather
- Credit-card sized zipped leather pocket inside
- Small outer pocket with snap
- Metal ring on outside ideal for carabiner
- Height: 18 inches
- Width: 14 inches
- Depth: 5 inches
- Made in Ethiopia - Oliberte Website Product Description
Click HERE to pick the perfect Krabu for you!
Among all of the leather goods I have ever owned, Oliberte stands a head above the rest! I love the way that Oliberte allows the purity of the leather and the quality of the craftsmanship to stand out in their product. Owning a pair of shoes or a bag from Oliberte isn't just about making an investment in the products you use on a day to day basis, these goods also make an investment in countless lives of men, women, children, and families in Ethiopia, Africa. The quality and care you receive in return of your purchase gives you a lifetime of comfort and satisfaction in an outstanding product, which truly, never goes out of style.
Oliberte has so much to offer between shoes for both men and women as well as top quality leather bags for every purpose and need. Click HERE to visit their website!
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Our Southern Style & Thrifty Nifty Mommy are giving away the Ultimate Leather collection with one reader winning both a Kobio bag and a pair of Anjula shoes! The giveaway will end August 3rd at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.