Ababa Canvas Swipe Mens

Ababa Canvas Swipe Mens - White
Ababa Canvas Swipe Mens - Black

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.

We're confident that after experiencing the joys of natural foot freedom, your feet won't want to go back to 'normal' shoes.

So confident, we've introduced a 100 day trial to all orders. If you change your mind within that period, we're happy for you to return your shoes for a full refund with no hassle.

Your trial will commence automatically from the date your order arrives. Simply check out with your shoes as usual and we'll take care of the rest. (Standard Ts and Cs apply).



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



32 Reviews

Super product!

I purchased a pair of ABABA shoes in Black leather and loved them so much I picked up a pair in Canvas as well! Super product. I love them!

Nice casual summer shoe

This is a great option for casual summer wear.

They're super comfortable to wear barefoot and they have a style that goes well with lots of things such as jeans or shorts.

However be aware of sizing, I'm usually EU44 in Vivobarefoot (eg Ra, Gobi, Stealth) and EU44 in these were too small but EU45 fit fine. In comparison the leather version of the Ababa just about fits me in EU44 but I needed to stretch them slightly. Whereas the canvas version is a bit smaller and doesn't stretch like leather.

The reason I took off one star is that my ankle bone rubs on the sides, as the side slopes up in a straight line instead of having a U-shaped cutout for the ankles. I have the Ababa in the leather which is the same, but the leather is soft so doesn't rub my ankles whereas the canvas is stiffer. Your ankle bone might be higher in which case it won't be an issue but something to be aware of.

In summary, if you get the right size and don't have the ankle bone issue then these are an awesome pair of summer casual shoes.

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