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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.


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.


At last!

Very pleased to at last have found a pair of shoes that fit and are comfortable.

I LOVE these shoes

I have never been the kind of girl to fall in love with a pair of shoes, or even pay much attention to them, but these shoes actually make me feel like a better person. I got them after reading into the benefits of walking barefoot, or at the very least, wearing a minimal show. I have immediately felt these benefits, and not only has it changed the way I walk (I feel so much more balanced and in touch with my surroundings), but also my entire attitude to walking.
They do look a little odd. The first time my sister saw me wearing them, she did ask me why I was wearing slippers, but I think they're cute.

Best Shoes Ever

I love these shoes! So very comfortable and look amazing. I was worried that they might look funny with socks but they look great. My only issue is that the right shoe is a tiny bit smaller than the left. I believe that my left foot is slightly larger than my right so usually it's my left foot that will be tight in a pair of shoes if anything. This makes me think the right must have been cut slightly small. I thought they would loosen with wear, and hopefully they still will but it's a little bothersome. Anyway, worth checking carefully when you first try them on, but other than that the best shoes ever!

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