Crushing on Osborn Shoes

I came across Osborn Design in an old vendor highlight from Brooklyn Flea.

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!



  1. Bonnie May 3, 2011 / 5:45 pm

    As I said on someone else’s blog earlier today, I love shopping for a cause. It makes me feel less guilty when I spend obscene amounts of money. These shoes are super cute, and they look so comfortable. I’m kind of in love with the idea of owning a near original, unique shoe.
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  2. jenn @ peas and crayons May 3, 2011 / 8:16 pm

    I’m all about ethical eating and beauty — lets add fashion to my list! <3 The patterns are GORGEOUS!!!

  3. sarah catherine May 3, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    if only i could add shoe cobbler to my resume! I have all of about 5.2 minutes left in my daily schedule and this would fill it up nicely!!! these are fantastic and I love the prints! yes please!

  4. jessica May 4, 2011 / 8:43 am

    These shoes are pretty fabulous! How are you on a shopping ban?? Id love to try and do one, but Im fairly sure, Id never be able to fully commit… (its an illness!)

  5. ladyemmy May 4, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    hello! i love this post and actually checked out their blog:) i found an awesome video on it and made a post about it..and gave a shout out to you and your blog. hope you dont mind! check it out and let me know:)

  6. Madison May 4, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    I’m sold! These are incredible! I’d wear the black and gold ones as well as the blue/gold pair. -xxoo

  7. Marissa May 4, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Their blog plays music? Get with the program Osborne! Haha – no, in all seriousness, these are awesome! I love the story behind the shoes and would wear the oxfords and that last pair of slip ons in an instant.

  8. jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet} May 5, 2011 / 8:02 am

    You’re so “in the know” about ethical fashion–it’s great! I’m crushing hard on these shoes, too. My faves are the teal with the orange polka dots. I NEED those!

  9. Diana Mieczan May 6, 2011 / 8:09 am

    Wow..those shoes are incredible and totally amazing..I can so picture myself wearing the 3rd pair! Enjoy your Friday. Kisses

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