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Ababa Canvas Swipe Womens


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 Womens 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.


So bright!

The white is stunning in person! So bright and beautiful! I now have 3 pairs and couldn't be happier. The widest shoe from Vivobarefoot that I have ordered yet and I love that about them. the unique sole adds that little bit of mystery!

Great shoes for the summer months

These shoes are very comfy and look great. To my liking they are a bit like a wider version of a pair of Toms, so more comfortable, as your toes can move. They are exactly what I was looking for to use during the summer months.
Compared to other vivos I would say they are a bit wider, but they fit true to size.

Revolutionary footwear

So I bought the canvas shoes as a day to day shoe, and now begrudge taking them off! It’s amazing how easily you adapt to them, my feet aches a little after my first long walk in them, but it was great to feel all the many small muscles in my feet aching, it’s never happened before! I will be buying more to allow my feet a second option...and possibly sending a few none-barefoot shoes to charity shops!

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