Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fashion Find: Oliberté "Toria" Dark Grey Nubuck Boots

Disclaimer: The following product was provided for review by Oliberté via BrandBacker.
Today I have a very special review from a very special company. I have a great love for all kinds of boots and when winter hits Vancouver, it's boots all day, every day! So I was super excited to have been offered a chance to review a pair of boots from Oliberté footwear.
Oliberté is not your average footwear manufacturer. The company is Canadian and interestingly, the shoes are made in Africa. The reason behind manufacturing in Ethiopia is largely based on the concept of creating fair jobs and contributing to the development of the middle class in Ethiopia.
The shoes are made from high-quality leather and natural crepe rubber that comes from various African countries.
So without further ado, let's take a look at these Toria Nubuck Boots in dark grey......

Toria is a pair of nubuck boots with a hand-stitched moccasin-style toe. Nubuck is cattle leather that has been buffed on the outside to give it a suede-like finish. The boots really aren't a dark grey but a cool-toned dove grey leaning blue.  I own a lot of dark brown or black boots so this is definitely a nice addition to my wardrobe.
The front of the shoes features hand stitching and the lining is made of 100% goat leather that promises high breathability.
I am a size US6 or EU36. The Oliberté size 6 is true to size, the leather feels a bit stiff (like most new leather boots) but I expect a few wears will break them in. Otherwise, the sole offers decent arch support and the high tops offer good ankle support.
The design of these is very cool, for a lack of a better word. It has an urban but outdoorsy feel to them. So what do you think of these boots? Do you have a preference for companies that strive to make a difference? Let me know in the comments below!
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