“I’d like to see Africa become the next Italy when it comes to shoemaking,” Oliberté founder Tal Dehtiar once told the Toronto Star. Based in Toronto, Oliberté is a socially conscious footwear brand that teams up with African farmers, factories, and workers to produce premium leather men’s sneakers, loafers, bags and accessories. The lace-up Lambo loafer, the Adibo chukka boot, the Mogado deck shoe, and other styles feature recycled crepe rubber out soles, vegetable-tanned sheepskin, goatskin, or cowhide leather, and more than 1,000 stitches per shoe. Classic and comfortable, these shoes and boots are built to last and — like George Clooney — only get better-looking with age. In keeping with its corporate mission, Oliberté picks its manufacturing partners based on their labor and environmental practices and aims to strengthen Africa’s middle class by creating stable jobs for local craftspeople. Since its 2009 debut, the company has acquired an impressive customer base that includes the Gap, Steven Alan, and Amazon.
Leather jackets and boots have been part of the stereotypical “cool guy” uniform for more than half a century for good reason: They’re cool. Of course, they’re also wildly useful parts of your cold weather wardrobe, and they’re built to last you for years to come. Whichever reason you choose, it's clear they’re something you should have in your arsenal. Stock up here.
Nothing goes together quite like sturdy boots and dark jeans. That’s why we’ve pulled together this selection of both parts of that crucial style equation. Get everything from chukkas to wingtips, put ‘em together with a pair of jeans from 7 for All Mankind, Naked & Famous, John Varvatos, and more, and get ready to take on the fall in style.
Handcrafted and sourced in Africa, the shoes by Oliberté not only look good, but do good as well. Made by African men and women who are paid and treated fairly, these modern takes on classics like desert boots and oxfords are the epitome of style with a conscience.
Once in a while, we wind up with some great items that haven't found their way to a good home (read: yours). It’s tragic, we know. But there’s a silver lining — we've put all those stylish pieces in one place for easy browsing (and picking). We’ve only got a few of each item in stock, so move fast before we run out.