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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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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.


Produced using animal free products and processes.


comfy casual slipper

very comfy slipper, yet still stylish in an odd kind of way.
They seem very roomy and I tend to always want a little extra width.

Mostly great

A very comfortable everyday shoe that takes very little time to mould to your foot shape and use patterns. Light and flexible, very grippy soul which gives lots of confidence when performing all sorts of tasks. Possibly a bit wide for some but suited me fine.

Two issues with the general design concept:

1. Because there is no raised lip at all where the sole meets the upper at the front ANY moisture you come into contact with such as dew on grass or even the tiniest bit of puddle gets absorbed by the upper. This means that in less than a minute most of the toe box can be saturated, transmitting straight through to your socks/bare feet.

2. More of a general gripe I've found with Vivo vegan ranges that aren't made from natural materials is that they seem to offer very little ventilation/poor foot breathability. If you wear them without socks your feet sweat far more than with other designs and the shoe can end up stinking within just a few uses. I have used de-odourising methods and talcum powder and nothing seems to stop this!

Lovely shoe otherwise.

Sweet summer kicks

After getting my feets on a pair of leather Ababas and discovering those to be excellent summertime office shoes, I couldn't resist a second pair of the canvas tops to enjoy more sock-free days/nights while the weather is warm. These shoes are spacious and comfy, and the simple design is rad. Love the rubber heel for easy access (and shape preservation) too.

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