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Ababa Canvas Swipe 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 Swipe 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.


Not what I expected

Ordered these as a casual shoes, wasn't to sure what to expect. After trying them on they just looked a bit slipper like and my feet felt a bit loose inside the shoe, so was sent back.

Ababa smaller than billed

I'm afraid these were too smal for my foot. I'm normally a size 12, but in these I will need to be a 12.5 it seems. I hope to return them and swap for a larger size.
I've had several pairs of Vivo before (size 12) and always found the sizes to be pretty accurate and well fitting to my very wide feet, so I was surprised when I found these were too small. I do like the design and shape though and so hope to get on well with them in a new size

Ababa canvas

Bought these to wear whilst on holiday, they look great and are super comfortable!
Found the soles could be a little slippy around the pool and they come up maybe a fraction smaller than other Vivo shoes but wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!!

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