Footwork: Oliberté Boots bring jobs to Africa

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Before I get into how ridiculously awesome these African-made boots are, I need you to recall a few things.First, you know Toms Shoes? The California-based company that donates a pair of shoes to an impoverished country for every pair they sell in the developed world? It’s a pretty amazing company – the world needs more like it.Now, remember that old adage – give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day; give teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime? If Toms is the “give a man a shoe” company, then Oliberté is the “teach a man to locally source materials and manufacture a profitable, eco-friendly footwear line” company.Everything used to make these boots – the leather, the rubber, the labor, and even the machines and tools used to put everything together – is obtained from Ethiopia or other Sub-Saharan countries. From the very beginning, it’s been Oliberté founder Tal Dehtiar’s goal to help Africa develop a thriving middle class through creating jobs – and what better way to do it than with a line of high-end leather shoes?The materials used to construct the boots are simple and natural. Things like hand-stitched leather exteriors, goat-leather linings, vegetable tanned leather midsoles, and crepe rubber soles – they all come together to form a correspondingly classic and uncomplicated look. Check out Oliberté’s site to see the full line. The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men last_img read more

17 dogs rescued from Korean meat trade looking for homes in

The Lincoln County Humane Society is looking for new forever homes for 17 dogs that were saved from the Korean meat trade.The dogs were rescued form farms in Korea that supplied dogs to the meat trade.The agency says reality television star and music producer Simon Cowell paid for the dogs to make the trip to St. Catharines in early October. The animals went through a quarantine and relaxation period but are now available for adoption.“We are proud to be part of the partnership with Humane Society International and Simon Cowell and we are pleased to help these dogs that certainly deserve loving homes” said Kevin Strooband, Executive Director. “They are sweet dogs that are just waiting for someone to help them learn how to be a dog and enjoy life.”Anyone who is interested in adopting the animals can head to the shelter during adoption hours. For more information on how you can adopt an animal from The Lincoln County Humane Society, click here.“These dogs will take love and training to be a house pet, but they all have great potential and once socialized they will make terrific companions,” said Cortnie Welychka, Senior Animal Care Technician, LCHS. read more