First, the design for each boot is fine tuned and adapted to be broken out into panels for stenciling that can then be cut from the leather hides. These designs are then sent to our Canadian factory, where leather is then pressed and ready to assemble.
Each panel of cut leather is organized and then stitched both by hand and by using the aid of machines, creating over 1000 stitches on each pair. This process results in the completion of the entire upper portion of the boot, lined with soft leather and ready for lasting.
After being stitched and assembled, the upper boot is then pulled and stretched over a dense last, fixed in place, and left over time to patiently take shape into the proper size and form of each Oliberté boot.
We use a Goodyear Storm Welt process in creating the sole bond of each pair of boots. This traditional, handcrafted way of shoemaking is unique in that the upper boot and mid-sole are attached by stitching, and then the seam between the sole and the mid-sole is wrapped using a strip of leather that seals the boot from the elements.
A high quality, slip resistant rubber Vibram sole is affixed to the bottom, and then using a finely tuned adjusting process, any extended edges of the rubber sole are worn down to perfectly fit the base of each pair of Oliberté.
Each pair is then equipped with laces, wrapped in our Canadian explorers map tissue paper, and nested carefully into a box constructed using recycled cardboard. In order to reduce waste and minimize our carbon footprint, each pair is shipped using the single shoe box as it’s travel vessel to you.