Why Africa?Oliberté believes that with the right partners, each country within Africa has the means to grow and support its people. Oliberté partners with factories, suppliers, farmers and workers to produce premium footwear in Africa, but we do more than that. We work to create fair jobs, with the goal of contributing to the development of a thriving middle class.
Currently, Oliberté's main operation and factory is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We also source materials and components from Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius and Liberia, and we continue to look for new partners in more countries in Africa
QualityNatural Crepe: Natural rubber crepe soles are versatile and have been used for centuries by natives in colder countries like Canada and Russia and soldiers working in hotter desert climates.
Hand-Picked Leather: We hand-select each piece of leather used in our footwear and have our quality team within each factory ensure Oliberté's quality standards are met.
Goat Lining: Our shoes are lined with 100-percent goat leather, which allows your feet to breathe naturally and stretches to form to your foot perfectly.
Reverse Backing: The leather on the heel of each shoe is reversed, ensuring your feet don't slip and providing added comfort.
Personal Touch: Though our partner factories use advanced machinery, certain details such as special stitching are hand-stitched or hand-guided.
Stitch: Using a variety of stitches, we average over 1,000 stitches per shoe. This provides extra reinforcement and allows our shoes to rely less on glue and more on craftsmanship.
Water: The use of leather in footwear can provide millions of jobs in Ethiopia alone, but it also requires the use of a lot of water for the tanning of leather. We require that all of our leather tanneries are either ISO 14001 certified or at minimum, have water treatment plants that are constantly inspected.
Natural: For the outsoles of our footwear, we use natural crepe rubber tapped straight from rubber trees, which allows us to avoid using toxic equipment and chemicals commonly used in making machine-made outsoles.
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