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Ababa Canvas Birdie Mens


Our widest, simplest shoe pays homage to the original humans of the Rift Valley. Handmade in Ethiopia in partnership with Soul of Africa, an organization focused on creating opportunities for employment and education on the African continent. A truly collaborative effort, the print of Ababa Canvas is by Akaso, a Belgium-based label that works with Kara painters of Ethiopia to create unique and authentic designs.

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100 day trial for barefoot beginners

We're confident that after 100 days of au natural foot freedom (you need to give them a proper outing) your feet will love being feet. So we're happy to give you a no-quibbles test run for 100 days.

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Ababa is a simple, hand stitched, comfortable canvas shoe on a mission. Profits generated by the sale of the Ababa are donated to the Soul of Africa Trust to support local projects focused on building futures for disadvantaged kids. Original prints by Akaso designed by Kara painters of Ethiopia.

  • Tough Rubber Sole – for amazing traction on hard and soft terrain
  • Non-Marking Outsole – with PRO 5 puncture resistant nylon
  • Canvas Upper – featuring authentic prints by Akaso

Ababa Canvas Birdie Mens DNA


Patented, ultra-thin, puncture resistant layer. 5x more puncture resistant than a standard sole of the same thickness.

Soul of Africa
Soul of Africa

Made in Africa in collaboration with the Soul of Africa social enterprise. Profits go back to supporting local employment and education initiatives.


My new favourite everyday lounge around shoe!

I really liked the look of this shoe when I first saw the promotional e-mail. I also like the general concept of supporting the artists and the community in Ethiopia. The actual product is also fantastic. The shoes are nice and wide and comfortable, but the canvas and rubber construction makes them hug your foot nicely so it doesn't feel floppy. As with all Vivo's the rubber sole is very durable and I expect these will last a very long time. I have already washed them and they stand up well to the machine with no visible wear (I air dried them). I have been wearing these a lot since I received them 4 months ago and over time, the canvas has frayed a bit around the edges where it meets the rubber sole, which I think enhances the look.
These shoes now live by my door and they are my first choice if I need to slip something on quickly to run an errand.

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