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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.


Produced using animal free products and processes.

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.

Tough Rubber Compound
Tough Rubber Compound

Strong, non-marking rubber compound for sticky grip and high-abrasion when you need it most.


Nice shoe, but be careful of sizing

The shoe was really awesome. I loved the design and feel of the shoe, but unfortunately it runs small in the front. If you are usually a size 11 for example, a size 11 in this shoe will certainly be too small. Try a size up and you should be fine!

Great concept but didn't work for me

I own two pairs of vivobarefoot shoes and that is all I wear. I love them and this company. However, the Ababa didn't feel quite right. Seemed to me slightly more design on the sole, not as flat as the other shoes and it hurt my left foot. I am very particular do don't judge by me because hopefully it will work for you. I also didn't like the way the back ran up the back of my foot. I would love to see a similar shoe that is simpler in design and flatter that would be great for around the house.

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