Monday, July 20, 2015

Oliberte - The World's Only Fair Trade Certified Foot Wear Manufacturer PLUS The Ultimate Leather Giveaway!

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   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?

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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.

Anjula Camel Pullups

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  • 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
The raw and rustic look of these shoes made me want to throw them on and go on a really long walk in the back woods of West Virginia from the moment I took them out of the box! The care and detail that goes into these shoes is visibly seen in the way these shoes are stitched with care and excellent precision. The Anjula shoes come in two colors but I personally love the camel color. The soles of these shoes are one of the most sturdy I have worn and it's clear they won't be wearing out any time soon. The small map  of Ethiopia on the bottom of the shoes gives each purchaser a small reminder of just how far your shoes have already traveled.  I love that no matter where I go, with each step I take a little bit of Africa, and the hands that made these shoes, with me.

 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!

Kobio Bag

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  • 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
Words cannot even begin to express how in love I am with this bag! Since I got my Kobio it's the only bag I've used. There's virtually nothing that I can't put in it, phone, make up bag, notebook, phone, tablet, books, etc. While some people might miss having smaller pockets on the inside, I actually really appreciate the two pockets on the outside of the bag, where I can put my phone and car keys to have the more accessible. Of course, if you absolutely need to have a compartment on the inside, purchasing a separate zipper bag would be easy to do and definitely easy to keep in the Kobio.

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

Krabu Backpack

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  • Backpack
  • 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
My Krabu backpack arrived just in time for our families trip to one of our local parks to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Taking four kids for an evening of fireworks requires also toting along quite a bit of supplies. I kid you not, it the picture above, I had a twin size quilt, bug spray, hats, three sweatshirts, sippy cup, plus all of the regular stuff I put in my purse. The backpack has adjustable leather straps and I was quite surprised not to feel any discomfort while carrying it, even with so many items packed inside. It also comes with two different smaller storage pockets, one sipper pocket on the inside (perfect for Chapstick, lipgloss, or keys) and a larger pocket on the outside that snaps shut. Without a doubt, this backpack will be going on many more family adventures in the years to come, I've even used it a to take my laptop in on a recent road trip. The Krabu comes in several colors besides dark gray pictured above. The black Krabu (normally priced at $240) is currently on sale for an unbelievable deal at $70!  

 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!

 Make sure to follow Oliberte on social media to catch all of their promotions and hear about new products!


Leather Giveaway

 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.  

Disclosure: I was sent the items listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment of the above giveaway is the responsibility of Oliberte and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.


  1. Omgosh I love EVERYTHING they carry!! Its all gorgeous!! I love the KRABU-Rustic Brown Pullup the most!!

  2. I love the TORIA boots! They look so comfortable!

  3. I love the Kobio bag! I would use it every day. I'm sure it will last a life time if taken care of.

  4. I like the YEZU Rustic Brown Pullup bag.

  5. I really like the GYMANO bag in brown.

  6. I love the Hirari women's shoes! The Flora Pull Up backpack in rustic brown is really nice too. My niece would love that!

  7. I like the PRAIA women's shoe which is currently on sale. It is a lovely shade of purple which will match many of my outfits. The bag that is part of the giveaway is nice, too.

  8. My favorite is the YEZU Rustic Brown Pullup bag. So nice! Thank-you. :)

  9. Love the awesome DOBRA Fire Red Pullup!

  10. Love Love the KRABU - Fire Red Pullup

  11. I love the Kobio ~ Brown Yellow Pullup. I would use it every day.

  12. One of the Oliberte items I love is the Krabu backpack in dark grey wax.

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  14. I like the Yezu rustic brown Pullup

  15. The GYMANO Rustic Brown Pullup really caught my eye! I love the design and the color. Just a beautiful pullup!

  16. I really love the Flora Rustic Brown Pullup!

  17. I like the Blanca shoes!

    -Hannah Avery

  18. I love the Yezu bag from Oliberte. I love the color and it looks like it would be the perfect overnight bag.

  19. I like the DOBRA Tan Pullup
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  20. I like the Praia shoes in wine nubuck!

  21. I love everything about Oliberte ~ and now I have a growing Wish List. Topping my list are:

    LALINA Women's Pull up Boot (especially in Rustic Brown and Light Grey)
    DOBRA Fire Red Pull-up Bag
    both the GYMANO (love it!) and the KRABU bags

    to name just a few...

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger