Ababa is our simple slip-on shoe on a mission. Made with Ethiopian Wild Hide, this subtle, naturally-scarred leather is provided by small-scale farmers. As part of our Soul of Africa range, speaking directly to the Laetoli footprints, the shoes are handmade in Ethiopia, empowering makers, supporting local communities.
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).
Hand-stitched in Addis Ababa directly providing sustainable jobs, the shoes are made with Ethiopian-sourced Wild-Hide naturally tanned by our partners Pittards meeting international environmental standards. Sourced from Ethiopian small-scale, independent farmers this soft, flexible leather shows individual markings that reflect a life with freedom to roam.Ababa shoes carry the Proudly Made in Africa award, as they are independently verified for their quality, materials used and ethical production.
Take your socks off and enjoy the best underfoot performance nature has to offer.
African leather tanned by Pittards®, from the hides of free roaming animals that have lived a little and made love under the sun.
Patented, ultra-thin, puncture resistant layer. 5x more puncture resistant than a standard sole of the same thickness.
Made in Africa in collaboration with the Soul of Africa social enterprise. Profits go back to supporting local employment and education initiatives.
These are my favourite Vivobarefoot shoes to wear for work when the weather is warm. They're very comfortable to wear barefoot and there's no lining inside (unlike the Ra and Gobi for example which have a thin fabric lining inside). Therefore the foot can breathe easily through the leather. For comparison, after a few hours of wearing the Vivobarefoot Ra shoes in warm weather then my feet are a bit sweaty and the leather footbed is damp whereas with the Ababa, my feet don't sweat at all and the footbed remains dry.So I think the unlined leather makes all the difference. Also the leather is soft and thin, so they're the most comfortable smart/casual style Vivobarefoot shoes I own to wear barefoot.Therefore, this makes them perfect for me to wear for work during summer, since men are not allowed to wear sandals like the women are, and who wants to wear sweaty shoes and socks in summer (we don't wear gloves in summer do we?) I can get away with wearing these at work, as they're formal enough for the dress code police to allow them. They also look great as casual wear with jeans or shorts.The soles feel a bit thinner than other Vivobarefoot shoes I've worn so ground feel is fantastic. They're also a bit wider than the Ra and Gobi. But they do run slightly smaller. I fit the Ra/Gobi in 44 but the Ababa is slightly tight in length. The next size up is too long and wide but since the leather is soft, it's starting to expand a bit to accommodate the length of my foot.Overall I'm very happy with these shoes.
Bought shoe as I have poor feeling in my feet and I wanted a shoe for driving.It has met my expectations as it is comfortable very flexible and doesn't feel as though I am wearing a shoe,my size is 43 or 9 and a half but size 9 seems to be fine and will no doubt stretch with time.
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