I think they’re shoes are just extraordinary. Beautifully and highly designed but really really practical for my walking life.
Now the shoes left my mouth agape but the philosophy and fair trade practices of Osborn Design is what I find most inspiring.
Co-founder Aaron Osborn’s family runs one of the largest orphanages in Guatemala and after meeting an unemployed cobbler in 2007 he was inspired. Aaron with wife Carla Osborn dreamed of a way to merge humanitarian efforts with design and they made that happen with Osborn Design. That very first cobbler is still employed at Osborn along with 24 other artisans.
As if these fantastic designs are not unique enough all the fabric is hand-cut and Osborn’s artists date and sign each and every shoe; so when you purchase a pair of Osborn shoes you know that you own something very special.
I am on a shopping ban friends (more on that another day), but I think Osborn prints are perfect for spring, no?
You can buy Osborn shoes at several retail outlets, see the list here (they are available internationally!); but I think Solestruck and Urban Outfitters have the best selection, aside from their website HERE, keep up with their happening on Osborn’s blog (blog plays music, just fyi), their tumblr is pretty great too or just love them on facebook like I do!
If you are interested in taking a look at the other ethical fashion featured on this blog they can be found under “MORE than Style” category on the sidebar or “Links!- Ethical Fashion” at the top of the page. Happy shopping for MORE, friends!