Every idea starts with a problem. Ours came in 2016 as graduate students visiting a factory in Asia.
At this factory we saw cramped female workers, earning $7 a day, gluing and sewing designer footwear. One pair of shoes, which the brand claimed to produce only in Italy, cost under $25 to make. It sold for over $400 just down the road.
It turns out a handful of companies control over 75% of the high-end fashion industry, allowing them to keep prices artificially high while taking huge profits from consumers.
We knew there had to be a better way, and started Oliver Cabell with the lofty goal of creating an honest alternative with a simple approach. To offer handcrafted sneakers using old school shoemaking and the finest materials, and then reveal it all, from factories to costs.
We started with a white leather sneaker because as anyone will tell you, a good pair of white sneakers is essential. From work to play, it’s the pair you'll wear every day.
You either save some cash and buy poorly constructed low-quality sneakers that are affordable, or highly-quality, well-designed sneakers that cost $400. Well, those options suck. So we did something about it.
A great pair should fit well and stand the test of time. Simple, right? But behind these simple concepts are years of technology, design, and craft.
The leather sneaker space is split into two major points: Using elegantly simple design, and spending the best value for your dollar. We opted to cherry pick the best from each to create the ultimate hybrid. The end result? A pair of kicks that’s perfect for your daily tasks and your bank account.
Comparable sneakers start at $400. That's insane. They are jacking up the price because they can. We'd prefer to keep our prices low.
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Each pair of Oliver Cabell sneakers is handcrafted by someone who truly lives and breathes the shoemaking process.
Our sneakers are made using old-school shoemaking methods, which requires days to complete in our facility in Italy.
Furthermore, we only use premium Italian calfskin leather and highly regarded Margom outsoles in our leather sneakers.
We believe in full transparency. On our product pages, you can see a complete list of the materials used to craft each shoe, as well as a breakdown of their cost to produce.