THE NAME Oliberté is a combination of “liberty” and the “O” in “O Canada.” THE GEOGRAPHIC CONNECTION “Because we’re the first premium made-in-Africa footwear brand, all our shoes’ names are a play on African cities. The ‘Adibo’ is Addis Ababa, and the ‘Mogado Hi’ is Mogadishu. And we just added a map-of-Africa pattern to our rubber outsoles,” says Dehtiar. THE DESIGN “I’m not a designer by any means,” says Dehtiar, so, from day one, he contracted Toronto-based footwear designer Ryan Wilding to bring his vision of a casual and rugged collection of stitched-down boots, loafers, Mary Janes, boat shoes and ballet flats to life. (Oliberté also makes a limited number of leather bags and wallets.) THE LEATHER “Our cow, sheep and goat leathers—all our shoes are lined with goat for breathability—are hormone-free and purchased in Ethiopia. Hafde Tannery, near Addis Ababa, is our main leather supplier. It’s the only tannery in Ethiopia with a Chrome-3 recycling program, and it also has a water-treatment plant,” he says. WHERE TO BUY The line is carried at Town Shoes, Rowan Sky in Vancouver, C Squared in Toronto, other specialty retailers and at oliberte.com (from $90 to $170).