Ababa Leather Mens

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Description
Ababa is our simple slip-on shoe on a mission. This shoe is made from Wild Hide, the naturally-scarred leather of free-roaming cattle, sourced from small scale farmers in Ethiopia. As part of our Soul of Africa range, the Ababa shoes are handmade in Ethiopia, empowering makers and supporting local communities.

A tough leather slip-on with a barefoot feel & a social conscience.

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100-Day Trial

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).

Reviews

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4.4
  1. Rating
    80%
    Great slip on shoe
    Great variation of a slip on shoe. Super comfy.

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  2. Rating
    80%
    Love them
    I’m very happy with these Shoes. They fit like an awesome glove. I’m a runner and I run mainly barefoot or in 4mm huaraches. But my If I go somewhere nice it’s a little out of place. These feel great look stellar And go well with clothes that aren’t running shorts ????

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  3. Rating
    80%
    Nice look but too small
    This shoe looks great and has real nice ground feel. But it was recommended that I buy an 11 U.S. size (I usually wear a 44 European size) but it was way too tight, even with very thin socks. I will return for a larger size, however.

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  4. Rating
    80%
    best barefoot experience ever
    my favorite shoe for work

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  5. Rating
    80%
    Love these
    Love these. I have very wide feet. It took me a bit to find the correct size in these. I wear a Birkenstock 38 and ended up w a 40 in these. Men’s 7. I work 13 hour shifts and have been happy with these so far. It’s only been a few weeks so I’m hoping they hold up. Company has been great to work with.

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  6. Rating
    80%
    Not bad
    Ok the shoes are pretty good. Super thin, nice and wide, good tread.

    However—

    The sizing is listed strangely on the website. I’m a perfect 45/ 11us and they recommended I order a size 12. Turned out to be a perfect fit, but the box says 45. So why list it as size 12? Idk it confused me but turned out to be totally fine so shrug

    And—

    They slip like heck on commercial kitchen floors. Good thing I got a new job because they’re not exactly non-slip. The tread is super grippy on dry surfaces and dirt though

    Also—

    The insole (which is leather) immediately started peeling back from the toes on the right side, which feels uneasy, like will it get worse? Am I actively peeling it back with every step? We’ll see. But my toes touch it and it affects my gait a little bit cuz I don’t want to make it worse.

    And finally—

    The color is really dark kinda square shade of brown, but maybe they’ll improve with age.

    Overall I like them because I wanted barefoot slipons cuz all I had were barefoot boots, and they’re more reasonable than “the toe shoes” but the quality and taste is questionable. You know like they feel and look “expensive” but in a kinda bourgeois sort of way. Will probably buy another pair of L E M S or some huaraches next time. Idk maybe it’s because it’s an English company and they have different style and priorities haha

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  7. Rating
    80%
    Great work shoes!
    These were my first Vivos and they have not disappointed! I wear them almost daily to work and am amazed at just how well they have held up.

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  8. Rating
    80%
    One of a kind
    Perfect slip-ons for various occasions. I was worried the heel would slip as I walk but it doesn't.

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  9. Rating
    80%
    A little big
    Super comfy, love how they feel, their flexibility, and appearance. The men's 7 wound up being a bit too big, so I switched to a women's 8. Customer services was helpful in determining that this was the right step for me. Was concerned the women's shoe would be more feminine or somehow different, but was nice to know that they are essentially the same, the women's is just a bit more narrow and has a snugger fit.

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  10. Rating
    80%
    Most comfortable shoe
    These are the most comfortable Vivos I own. Great casual shoe. Look great!

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  11. Rating
    80%
    Comfortable
    I have found these shoes comfortable, and give my toes plenty of space to spread out.

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  12. Rating
    80%
    Amazingly comfortable
    This is the most comfortable shoe I've purchased from Vivo. If you have a wide foot, this will fit like a glove. The leather allows for the shoe to be worn at nicer occasions as well. Highly recommend it!

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  13. Rating
    80%
    Very stylish, but weird fit
    Really good looking shoe. The leather is so soft! They did not rub anywhere from the moment I put them on. The rubber tab up the back gives them a bit more structure and makes them go on much easier than some of the other slip on styles. The major drawback is that the fit on these is totally different than all the other Vivos I have in a 43. They are much wider and significantly shorter. I typically have 1/2" to 1" at the ends of the shoe and these in the same size we're almost an inch too short. I ended up wearing them because I am too lazy to do a return, and the soft hide is stretching out a bit. Very good-looking shoe, but be prepared to try multiple sizes.

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  14. Rating
    80%
    my new favorite shoes!
    Wow. I was not sure how these would feel on my feet, and if I would like the look. But, they are SO COMFORTABLE! The leather footbed is great, and molds to your feet as you wear it. The leather is very soft, and very high quality. I love the look as they work with shorts, jeans, and I even wore them to a wedding with chinos. My only concern is they aren't the puncture resistant sole of most Vivos, but that's OK. They are great!

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  15. Rating
    80%
    Better than I hoped
    Bought these as house shoes / slippers. They are fantastic. I've had a dozen different Vivo shoes over the last eight years or so. Taking a break from them due to some plantar fascitis. I need just a bit more cushion when I go outside.

    But for inside,..wow, I forgot how comfortable Vivos are. Nice and wide, and much better for walking around the house than any slippers. I find them more comfortable with socks, but without is great , too.

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  16. Rating
    80%
    Great Shoe
    Great shoe, excellent quality. Just what I was looking for. The shoes fit true to size, and are very comfortable. However, because they are slip ons I will probably buy a half size down on my next purchase.

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  17. Rating
    80%
    Most comfortable shoes ever
    I bought these for my husband and he says, "At long last I found a nearly perfect shoe! I've been wearing these almost every day for about a year and a half. Lightweight, easy to pack, comfortable for long walks, can slip them on and off, plenty of room for my toes to spread out. And the leather accepts grease well, which helps me keep them supple and waterproof. They work in professional settings too. Would definitely buy again and recommend. "

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  18. Rating
    80%
    great shoes
    really nice shoes. they look wide when you put them on but they feel really comfortable and do as advertised: let your feet feel the ground.

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  19. Rating
    80%
    NEEDS to be known- insert or no insert
    The construction of the shoe is absolutely fantastic and beautiful looking. I do think there needs to be information or made hugely known that if you get the insert, the shoes are probably going to be a size up than without. Without the insert, the barefoot experience for me was a bit too much barefoot.

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  20. Rating
    80%
    Excellent shoe
    Plan to buy a pair in all 3 colors.

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  21. Rating
    80%
    Had to return - 2 lefts sent
    Had to return, 2 left shoes were sent. Will re-order

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  22. Rating
    80%
    Great business casual
    A wonderful business casual shoe but I couldn’t get into the style as I’m usually rambling off on the woods, this is better for a city person!

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  23. Rating
    80%
    Great
    Very comfortable, durable, stylish. Love them

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  24. Rating
    80%
    Comfortable and well made.
    This is my 3rd pair of Ababa shoes. The Navy version is a bit narrower than the Black version I have or the white canvas. They are very comfortable, light and attractive.

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  25. Rating
    80%
    These are amazing shoes
    They are so wide in the toe area, comfy, and stylish. The pictures here don’t do it justice. I ordered a size up just to make sure they had room in the toes and they are really roomy. If you’ve gotten other shoes and you needed more toe room I’d size up. They look really nice and I wear them to work

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  26. Rating
    80%
    New Favorite Shoes
    I was pleasantly surprised with these shoes. Reviews have claimed that they're a bit wide, but they fit my thinner feet perfectly. They are very comfortable shoes, and have become new my everyday shoes. Easy to slip on and off and the look real cool.

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  27. Rating
    80%
    Excellent shoe
    I am extremely happy about these shoes so far. I have been wearing RA II's for work for years and have always wanted a slip on that maintained the same level of professionalism that I had before. They are extremely comfortable and feel more like barefoot than the RA II.

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  28. Rating
    80%
    So Comfortable
    My new favorite shoes. Probably the most comfortable VB shoes I've bought yet.

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  29. Rating
    80%
    Great product
    Amazing shoe, looks great out the box, feels amazing on the feet. Very functional and lightweight

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  30. Rating
    80%
    Converted to Barefooter Shoes
    After learning now to walk properly, I converted from standard shoes to these shoes. My feet feel so free and I can actually feel things beneath my feet as I walk. No arch supports are needed when you know how to walk the right way. My toes can spread out and they love the extra room. The shoes are very well constructed. I have a second pair that I use for roaming around in the woods and the leather cover provides great protection from briers and sticks. Actually, I'm on my 3rd pair. Love these shoes!

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  31. Rating
    80%
    Perfect.
    These shoes feel so good and flexible. This shoe really does make me feel barefoot. Another thing that is a bonus: the sole on the heel. Such a great thing on the shoe. I can sit on the ground with my feet out and not worry about damaging the leather or hurting my heels. They also pass for shoes at work- at least the black ones.

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  32. Rating
    80%
    Fits like a glove, but for women
    Full disclosure, I am a female who purchased the men's version because I love Vivobarefoot and their women's shoes are too narrow for me.

    These fit me like a glove, the leather is soft, the rubber heel part doesn't irritate at all, and there are no inner seams that could cause discomfort. The sole is thin and flexible.

    So far no downsides, though I can't imagine that these would comfortably fit anyone with wider feet than I. They seem like they'd be really narrow if a man wore them.

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  33. Rating
    80%
    agaba leather men
    love the shoes !! I am on third pair. !!

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  34. Rating
    80%
    i love these shoes
    I have to work to not wear them so much.

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  35. Rating
    80%
    Cool design
    Great design and well made. Perfect for maximum sensory input

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  36. Rating
    80%
    Supremely comfortable
    I could wear these all day, even to bed. The materials and construction are very high quality and the fit is perfect.

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  37. Rating
    80%
    Vivo for life!
    I have fallen deeply in love with vivo shoes. I've had issues with tendonitis for almost a decade now and between working with some amazing doctors and wearing vivo shoes, my feet have started to gain back their mobility. With time, we may heal the tendonitis altogether!

    My one small complaint is that the ababa's particular design can be a little restrictive on the tops of your feet if you are large footed. If you find yourself in that boat, I recommend one of the laced varieties.

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  38. Rating
    80%
    Great shoe
    I love this shoe. They are so comfortable. Almost like wearing a slipper with a better sole. I have a hard time wearing them with jeans as they tend to drag. They have to be worn with shorts which is fine with me. Also, I have big and wide feet which made sizing a concern. I'm happy to say the size recommended works fine if a bit snug. I can't wear it with socks but I never planned to wear socks in the first place. The quality of the shoe is very impressive to me. I love the soft leather upper that makes it feels premium.

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  39. Rating
    80%
    Ababa Leather Mens
    Loving the shoes so far. I use them for everything, they slide on easily and are extremely light weight! Def would recommend trying in .5 size smaller than usual, BUT I do love the shoes!

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  40. Rating
    80%
    Comfy, but not stylish
    These shoes are incredibly comfortable. But I ultimately returned them because of the style. The seam running along the top is very noticeable. If it weren't for the seam, I would definitely be interested in these shoes.

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  41. Rating
    80%
    Feels like thick socks
    These are my first pair of barefoot shoes and I can feel everything, in a good way, the cracks in the sidewalk, the soft grass, and other textures I've not felt from the bottom of my feet. The shoes are very soft and almost feels like I'm walking around town in a pair of thick socks.

    The only issue I have is that I'm not able to kick them off like I have with other shoes. But that's not really a major issue.

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  42. Rating
    80%
    Very Nice
    Leather is very soft and comfortable. Very thin sole, so know that in advance- thinner than Primus lite and Fulham. Only issue I have, and very little one at that, is the seam down the middle of the shoe can be felt when worn without socks. I assume this will soften with wear but can be irritating at times.

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  43. Rating
    80%
    Minimalist, super comfy, barefoot with protection for you soles
    Tha Ababa’s were a surprise when I took them out of the box. I ordered them based on their looks and my experience with 4 other pairs of Vivobarefoot’s.

    I was not sure how I would like them and how comfortable they would be. Twenty minutes later I wore them outside - all doubts erased. They are definitely new favorites allowing barefoot experience while protecting my feet. Extremely comfortable.

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  44. Rating
    80%
    Comfortable
    Very nice shoes. Fit me perfectly. Extremely comfortable. Good for casual wear. Leather is very high quality.

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  45. Rating
    80%
    exceeded expectations
    awesome shoes, super comfortable...

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  46. Rating
    80%
    Great Feel
    I rate this shoe 10/10! Great feel, perfect fit, stylish, and gives my feet the ability feel movement!

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  47. Rating
    80%
    These Are Great
    Not 100% sure how the rating metrics measure up, but these have been really good. I was skeptical that the 7 would fit me properly (I'm usually 7.5 wide in other brands), but it worked out perfectly. They're comfortable and easy to slip on and off.

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  48. Rating
    80%
    Love this show!!
    I have other Vivo's so I already love them!

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  49. Rating
    80%
    Excellent shoe
    I recently received my Ababa Leather shoes. They are comfortable, good looking and very comfortable. It appears they will last a long time. I have looked for a shoe like this since I could not wear Clark Trex because they were too narrow. Such a casual cool look with anyting I wear.

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  50. Rating
    80%
    Great product
    I have the canvas version in the womens and liked it so much I got my spouse a pair. They are extremely comfortable

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  51. Rating
    80%
    Very comfortable. Probably the most comfortable “slipper” style pair of shoes that I’ve ever owned. Also, they’re stylish enough to be worn casually or formally... which is a plus. Overall, worth every penny.

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  52. Rating
    80%
    Very comfortable . Sole allows good ground feedback. Good looking.

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  53. Rating
    80%
    Great Shoe
    Very comfortable and nice looking shoe at a reasonable price.

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  54. Rating
    80%
    Nice looking shoe
    I first ordered these at my usual vivo size but the cut of the shoe at the toes does not leave a lot of vertical space. At my usual size my toes were cramped . Ordering a size up solved the problem. Great to have a good looking barefoot shoe that is slip-on.

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  55. Rating
    80%
    Ababa leather
    Great shoe, super comfortable and easy to put on and take off!

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  56. Rating
    80%
    Definition of Comfort!
    Was skeptical about these as to how thin they were, boy was I wrong! These things are super comfortable to wear all day. I will be ordering a brown pair next!

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  57. Rating
    80%
    Love the feel of these soles
    Beautiful design and it's literally best barefoot shoe I've felt!

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  58. Rating
    80%
    Ababa Men’s
    The leather is very soft. Very minimal. More like a slipper. Wish they came in 1/2 sizes as the left foot is a little tight across the ball of my foot. Fit snugly on my ankle.

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  59. Rating
    80%
    Happy with them

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  60. Rating
    80%
    Had to Return
    I really like the look of the shoe and the flexibility. I am a size 11 US and my toe was grazing the inside tip of the shoe so I had to return them. Also the Africa Outline was not red as pictured, it was the same color as the sole.

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  61. Rating
    80%
    Very happy :D
    Lets be honest here...If your just getting into wearing barefoot shoes there is going to be a steep learning curve lol...
    I wasn't happy for over a week with my purchase...my feet hurt, and they shoes weren't broke in...But i was committed, and i kept wearing them everyday, everywhere. Which im very glad i did...:D

    I love Vivo shoes, they are high quality, comfortable, and stylish.

    After my feet adjusted to basically being bare foot with wearing these shoes....i couldn't love them more...So comfortable...<3 and they really feel snug on the foot, which is important with a design like this ababa.

    The sizing is a bit awkward in my experience. I wear a size 10 normally in american shoes, and had to buy a size 8 for complete comfort in these shoes. previously i bought a size 9 on the FG trackers which were to big, so i went with a size 8 on these shoes and LOVE IT!! super stoked, and going to buy another pair of these, and another outdoor shoe later on down the road...:D

    Vivo is my favorite barefoot shoe company. They are a MUCH better quality and design then the other shoes i have looked at. The customer care is always quick, nice, and helpful..:) what more can I say.

    Blessings and i hope this helps you make a decision.

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  62. Rating
    80%
    Ababa leather
    I bought a pair of these for my husband after a couple of months of having a pair of my own and gaining a healthy obsession with their incredible comfort. I told him “I have just purchased heaven for your feet”. My husband absolutely loves him and hasn’t worn them everyday since they arrived. These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet and I intend to buy them in additional colors. I cannot convey how much I love them!

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  63. Rating
    80%
    Outstanding slip on shoe
    I never had anAbaba leather men's shoe before. It's by far the most comfortable and easiest slip on shoe I've ever had. And I've gotten lots of compliments on its appearance!

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  64. Rating
    80%
    Great Product
    These are my favorite casual everyday shoes. They feel great, look great, and support a good cause. That's a win, win, win in my eyes. Would recommend, 10/10.

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  65. Rating
    80%
    Great quality
    I think these shoes are so cool! They are simple but yet stylish. They are great quality and extremely comfortable!

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  66. Rating
    80%
    Whoa...
    I had been anticipating getting a pair of Ababas for a while, because I loved the look, and I imagined that they would be incredibly comfortable. Holy cow, my wildest dreams did not prepare me for how much I love these shoes! These are my 5th pair of Vivos, and they just might be my favorite. The leather is supple, they slip on and off quite easily, although not too easily so that you can't keep them on your feet, and, as always, the barefoot sole, gives you the ultimate in grounded feel and comfort. I love these shoes and I love this brand. Do yourself a favor and snag a pair, they're worth, your feet are worth it, and you won't be sorry!

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  67. Rating
    80%
    Amazing slides
    These shoes are simply amazing. They're incredibly well-made, spacious for barefoot wearers, and so comfortable! They are my new every day slides now.

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  68. Rating
    80%
    Another Great Shoe!
    The Ababa is my fourth shoe from Vivo and I love it. I've only worn it a few times, but it is by far the most comfortable pair of Vivos yet. I love the sole and the design, but I really have to consider it a summer shoe, mainly because I don't think it looks great with socks, which I typically wear in the winter. It's a beautiful shoe, however and very well made. The leather, rubber and stitching are all top notch. Vivo just keeps getting better. So glad I found you guys. It's all I wear now and I'm about to buy my dad his first pair.

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  69. Rating
    80%
    Given as a Gift
    Gave these as a gift to a friend. He loves wearing these daily and has received many compliments, as well.

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  70. Rating
    80%
    Beautiful but small
    Love the look and feel of these. I have two other pairs of size 44 Vivo shoes, both of which fit well, and are even a little loose. This is my third size 44 pair, but it fits very snug, and I'm reordering a larger size.

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  71. Rating
    100%
    Great everyday shoe
    Great everyday show. Easy to slip on/off and easy to pack for travel.

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  72. Rating
    100%
    great shoe
    Great shoe for Tai Chi. Not flimsy. Sturdy. Good feel. I wear a sock if the ground is cold.

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  73. Rating
    100%
    Very Happy with this purchase
    I bought these shoes for my husband who experiences pain in both feet from diabetes. No shoes are comfortable for him and I was hoping that these would be different. He is thrilled with them, they are very comfortable. And do not aggravate the pain. He feels much less pain wearing these shoes. He puts them on as soon as he gets home and wears them all weekend. We are very happy with our purchase. I am sure we'll buy more styles. Thank you so much

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  74. Rating
    100%
    Never want to wear anything else!
    For real though, I never want to wear any other shoes again. These are crazy comfortable, attractive and minimal. I love them and people comment on them all the time. Plus supporting a social enterprise is awesome!

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  75. Rating
    100%
    Awesome shoes!
    We bought it as a birthday present for our good friend. He is not taking it off ever since he received them. Amazing shoes make a great gift!!

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  76. Rating
    60%
    I bet they're great in the right size
    Trying going up a size and that didn't work. I like the way these look, and they seemed really flexible and comfortable. I bet in the right size they'd be great.

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  77. Rating
    100%
    Great Shoe!
    Got these shoes as a Christmas gift for my son. Right out of the box, I noticed their beautiful craftsmanship. The shape of the shoe is unique, and the leather is soft. These are great shoes, and I am very pleased!

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  78. Rating
    100%
    One of my Favorites so far!
    I have so far bot 6 pairs. This is one of my favorites, easy to slip on and off. The only downside to them is you must wear them with regular socks, (no half low profile ,, low visibitly socks) the reason is the rubber pull up stip in the back, will catch that type of sock, and slowly run it dow from your heel.

    Other than that, love the shoe, it does feel a bit different when you walk, than the others, don't know if the sole having a different pattern has anything to do with it. Buts is a refreshing, light with shoe!

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  79. Rating
    80%
    I liike them
    It should have been explained clearly that this is barely a shoe- the most minimal shoe imaginable, more a slipper than a shoe. The sole is thin as a wafer with no support or cushioning at all. Definitely a shoe for soft or smooth ground and definitely a summer shoe because your feel will freeze on cold surfaces That being said I do like them. They are a lot like being barefoot and I can't wait until summer to wear them.

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  80. Rating
    100%
    Awesomeness
    What a pair of kicks! They're so good. It feels like I'm wearing nothing on my feet. Style wise, this shoe somehow looks casual and fancy simultaneously. Great shoes.

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  81. Rating
    100%
    Highly recommend
    I could not recommend this shoe enough. It is the most comfortable causal barefoot shoe I have ever worn and I have 15+ barefoot shoes

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  82. Rating
    100%
    Amazing shoes
    I love my Ababas! They are much more comfortable than I expected! They also look even nicer in person, I was worried they would look very wide on my foot because of the pictures, but they don’t. The leather is very supple and feels great with socks. I’ve received multiple compliments on them! Would recommend them to anyone!

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  83. Rating
    100%
    Better than you think, as good as they say
    I really like the Ababa in leather. I ordered my normal Vivo size 43 - US 10. My third and fourth toes touched the end of the shoe, even though my big toe had plenty of room. I ordered another pair, one size up, just to be sure. Way too big. Returned those and have been wearing the 43s since. In just a day or so the shoes have softened even more and are very comfortable. They also look better than the photos let on. I'll leave these at work to change into from my boots this winter. Probably get another pair pretty soon here.

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  84. Rating
    60%
    Great shoe but had to return
    I purchased the Ababa Leather as a gift. I was impressed with its craftsmanship, quality, weight, and flexibility. Unfortunately, one of the shoes arrived with a slit in the rubber sole, most likely caused during packing or shipping. This is the first time I've had trouble with a Vivobarefoot product, and I believe it to be an isolated incident. I would order this product again.

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  85. Rating
    80%
    Comfortable and neat design
    These seem to be really comfortable and casual. And I like the design of them. However I got them in a size too big so they're being returned. I'm also not sure if a smaller size would fit my narrow heel. If you have combination feet - meaning wide toe box and a narrow heel, I don't think these are the right shoe.

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  86. Rating
    100%
    Comfy
    I love to try to wear zero drop footwear. I run with NB Minimus. I mostly wear Birkenstocks for work. So I wanted a casual shoe to get around. These are perfect!! Unbelievably comfortable, feel more barefoot than either of my other footwear. I plan to wear tget to work alternating with the Birks!

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  87. Rating
    100%
    Ababa Shoes
    I LOVE these shoes. I have an issue with wearing a brace and these shoes went right on with no problem. Will be getting them in other colors also. SO SO COMFORTABLE.

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  88. Rating
    100%
    Stopped Foot and Back Pain
    Love your shoes!!! Spent thousands on orthotics, doctors, special shoes and always had foot and back pain. Then my chiropractors secretary had a pair of Vivobarefoot shoes on and I asked about them. Ordered a pair and am still wearing them after almost 3 years. Ordered a pair for my husband and he loved them. So when I saw the ones I currently bought got them. Only thing I would change is to have some kind of finishing along the top of the shoe that meets the foot. That is a little rough. Otherwise Awesome!

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  89. Rating
    100%
    Best. Shoes. Ever?
    Coming to these from Softstar shoes. These just may be the best shoes I've ever worn. I scoured the internet for a decent pair of wide toe slip ons that I could wear casually and to work. I finally found these and I am pleased.

    They are snug and fit like a glove, true to size. I am a size 9 everything, and these fit perfect i n size 9. They have a barefoot feel and great arch support, thanks to the design and construction of the sole.

    Size up 1 size if you plan to use this with an insole, which I recommend if you plan to use these for heavy walking and hard surfaces. I'd recommend to the maker that they consider offering this in additional sole thicknesses so buyers can choose what is best for their type of walking. Just an idea.

    Thanks Vivo for these shoes! Well worth the price!

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  90. Rating
    100%
    Continued Excellence
    This is my 6th pair of vivobarefoot shoes. This pair seems to run a little larger than the others, but otherwise they are just as great as the previous 5 pairs (4 of which I still have in active use).

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  91. Rating
    100%
    Very comfortable
    These shoes are great. Very comfortable and lets your feet move much more naturally. My only complaint is that I wish they had half sizes.

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  92. Rating
    60%
    Order in limbo?
    Let me start by saying I love vivobarefoot shoes. I ordered the leather ababas recently and they are insanely comfortable. The only thing is, i noticed the top panels were dyed different colors, so i initiated a return, hoping to exchange them. In the mean time they had sold out of my size, and i haven’t heard anything back regarding my return. It has been over a week and it’s difficult to communicate with customer service given the time difference.

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  93. Rating
    100%
    Smooth Operator
    When I first saw them, I knew I needed to have them.
    Stylish, comfy, and perfect for everyday. Replacing my clogs for around the house wear as well.

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  94. Rating
    80%
    Very Pleased
    Very comfortable. The leather looks nice and stylish. Yes, the wide bed is some what unattractive but I find these to be an excellent compromise of form and function. Would purchase again.

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  95. Rating
    100%
    Great shoe
    Best shoe out there for doing Tai Chi. Sturdy yet low profile. Excellent feel of the ground.

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  96. Rating
    100%
    Going barefoot at work
    I love these shoes. They are the best foot-shaped, zero-drop shoes I've ever worn. I have owned a pair of Vivo Ra II for a couple of years, and these Ababas are even better. With no laces, there isn't any restriction the top of my arch, but they fit snugly enough that they work for long, brisk walks to work. They look great, too. They're just unique enough to stand out a bit without being awkward in a very khakis/Oxfords environment. The craftsmanship is top-notch. They're without a doubt the most "me" shoes I've every worn. (besides my flip-flops, which aren't allowed at work.)

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  97. Rating
    100%
    Stylish
    They look even better in person. The tread pattern is unique and the wide toe box makes them so comfortable.

    I'd error on size up as they seem a bit too snug in the recommended size.

    Already ordered another pair.

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  98. Rating
    80%
    Looks nice, sizing too small
    The shoes looked great but the sizing was different frim other Vivobarefoot shoes, so I had to send them back. They sized about a half small than other shoes I have purchased.

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  99. Rating
    80%
    Great shoe for medium wide feet!
    These shoes are beautiful, but didn't work for my husband's very narrow foot. Wonderful and comfortable if you have medium width feet.

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  100. Rating
    80%
    Surprisingly comfortable
    Was really excited to receive these as they would have been my first pair of barefoot shoes. When I did receive them, I was initially put off by how wide they were up front but quickly realized that I preferred the roominess. They really grew on me after a few days and now I believe they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. I want to wear them all the time!

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  101. Rating
    40%
    Alibaba
    I personally didn't like the appearance of the shoe enough to keep them, they looked to me to be a black leather clog and wouldn't want to wear them at work.

    Just like the ra shoes I've purchased I enjoyed how good the ground feel is and there being no need to potentially break them in, unfortunately I couldn't get over the appearance, which I understand is difficult to improve with leaving enough room in the toe box to not restrict toe splay .

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  102. Rating
    100%
    araba leather mens
    One of the most comfortable shoes to ever grace my feet. Third pair of Vivo's...first everyday shoe.

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  103. Rating
    100%
    Runs small
    A fantastic shoe, great construction and very high quality leather. Feels great to wear barefoot too! This shoe does seem to run half a size to a full size small, though, so do keep that in mind when ordering.

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  104. Rating
    80%
    Ultra minimal
    Very soft an flexible although the heel tab does rub a bit. Made a sizing mistake, should have stuck with 45 like all my other (12 pair) of vivos, 44 was recommended size but too small, no room for any socks.

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  105. Rating
    100%
    Vivobarefoot ababa
    My husband and I love hear shoes! They are the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. I have 4 pairs and he has 2, so far! I have recommended them to many friends and family. I can walk miles sand for 12-14 hours and not have my feet hurt. That’s saying something. I wear a men’s 40 and he wears the men’s 45.

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  106. Rating
    100%
    Great! Took a little getting used to
    I ordered a 10 and 11, since I was planning on wearing these barefoot. 10 way too small, 11 which I normally wear in vivos felt wide on the sides but toes seemed slightly too close to end of shoe. If I wear these with socks I’d probably need a 12 but I guess bc there’s laces on my other vivo shoes and I got a narrow foot, I’m able to tighten them up. So these were tough for me to size but after wearing them for about a week I’m glad I kept them and gave them a chance bc they’ve become maybe my favorite pair! Close behind my gobis I think!

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  107. Rating
    100%
    Great!
    These are great. I bought them as house slippers but want to wear them outside..so I might buy any other pair.

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  108. Rating
    100%
    Best minimalist shoe
    I love my Ababas. I get lots of compliments on their looks. They are light, omfortable and have plenty of room for my toes. Just enough structure from the uppers, to keep the sole on and protect my feet, and that's everything I need from a shoe.

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  109. Rating
    80%
    Araba Leather Mens
    When the first pair I ordered arrived, they were obviously too small. I returned them and ordered another pair and although these were a size larger, they were hard to put on and take off. Eventually, however, the sole where it turns upward to form the heel began tearing through the rubber because the last stitch joining leather to the rubber was placed too close to the edge of the rubber, Now it has torn through all the way to the hole in the upper part of the heel, above the red "Africa" shape. I'm going to try to fix this tear, but I don't hold out much hope. I need another pair, one size larger.

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  110. Rating
    100%
    ABABA
    Great shoe. light and looks good.

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  111. Rating
    100%
    Perfect summer slip-on
    These fit like a glove, and the suede-ish leather has a very distinctive color. As with all of the African-made shoes, they're very well done.

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  112. Rating
    80%
    cool shoes
    incredibly comforfortable

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  113. Rating
    100%
    my new favorite
    awesome slip on's. super comfortable out the box. i will definitely order another pair once these need replacing.

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  114. Rating
    100%
    Love these
    Love these shoes! Great fit, perfect kick around summer shoe.

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  115. Rating
    100%
    I did not expect how good it is
    When I ordered these shoes I did not expect how proper they would fit. Their "barefootness" is very natural and sincere.
    I'm pleased much.

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  116. Rating
    60%
    Good but weird look
    These were comfortable, but I just didn't like the look of them when I got them. They look more like indoor slippers than slip on shoes.

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  117. Rating
    100%
    Super Comfortable
    Bought this shoe for my husband. He wears a 12.5 and it fits well. It didn't take any time to adapt to the barefoot shoe, but he walks barefoot often. He has high arches and sometimes shoes don't fit him well because of arch placement. This is definitely not an issue with these shoes. He says that this is the most comfortable shoe he has ever worn.

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  118. Rating
    80%
    Excellent product
    Comfortable, roomy town of, good looking shoe

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  119. Rating
    100%
    I love this shoe!!
    This is the most cofrotable shoe I’ve ever owned! I love the soft feel and flexible sole. Almost like a slipper, and with beautiful detail. It fits slightly narrow and long for what I’d prefer, but overall is to be expected.

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  120. Rating
    100%
    Comfortable from day one
    I usually have to wear shoes for a little while for them to become comfortable. These baby's were comfortable from day1. They look great, feel great, and provide solid protection and minimalist feel at the same time. Im hooked on vivo.

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  121. Rating
    100%
    Best shoe I've worn
    Wide toe bed
    Comfortable leather
    Awesome

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  122. Rating
    100%
    Aba Leather Mens
    These shoes are incredibly comfy. They are great for wearing for casual settings or to walk the streets. Awesome shoe by VivoBarefoot!

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  123. Rating
    100%
    Versatile and Fabulous
    I love all vivos. I especially love these as my house shoes/slippers. So so comfy leather footbed lets me be sock free and stink free. The perfect slip on shoe.

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  124. Rating
    80%
    Love Ababa
    shoes feel great and they wrap very comfortably around my feet. I look forward to buying another pair from vivo.

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  125. Rating
    100%
    What a shoe should be...
    The Ababa is one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my foot. I have to force myself to wear my other shoes so I don't wear them out. It feels like I am not wearing a shoe, but provides enough protection in the sole to insulate from the ground during normal daily activity.

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  126. Rating
    100%
    Love, it's what makes a Vivo a Vivo
    Stylish summer shoe I wear to work daily. An office champion this shoe navigates the urban jungle with moxie and wears well even without socks.

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  127. Rating
    100%
    New and comfortable
    I'm surprised that they are so comfortable even though they're brand new. They are true to size, super sturdy even though they are light and simple, and they look great. This is my entry-level pair; if these ever wear out, I'll upgrade to something with shoestrings. I love them already.

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  128. Rating
    100%
    Must Have
    Must have shoes,
    These are the most comfortable and helpful shoes I have ever bought and trust me I have bought allot
    The toe box is just amazing lets you toes spread and be in there natural form instead of cramping them like all other shoes
    the sole is minimalistic yet protective
    Helps your feet grow strong and improve your posture
    Helps get rid of issues like plantar fasciitis and help engage your hips more in walking making them stronger and helping one get ride of allot of related problems
    Lower Back Pains
    Lack of Ankle mobility just to state a few

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  129. Rating
    100%
    stylish and comfy shoe
    very comfy shoe, very stylish.
    This is my new favorite shoe!

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  130. Rating
    100%
    Ababa leather
    I got these as a gift for a friend who loves them. I was concerned when they arrived that they would be too big and wide, but the size 13 fit perfect. Very happy with the he quality and fit

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  131. Rating
    80%
    Love these
    Very roomy and comfy. I use them mostly as indoor slippers but could use them

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  132. Rating
    100%
    This is my backup pair!
    When I got my first pair, I loved them so much immediately I bought this pair as a backup for the sad day when I wear my original pair out.

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  133. Rating
    100%
    So far I love em
    Have only had a short amount of time but I love them, I will probably buy the brown pair next. They have a great look, and are great with or without socks. I definitely recommend them.

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  134. Rating
    100%
    I am happy!
    I needed a new pair of shoes that could be slipped on to replace a pair of Merrill barefoots from four years ago that I wore out. These are absolutely perfect! My feet are happy, so I am happy. I just hope they last as long as the Merrills lasted, as I am a bit hard on shoes.

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  135. Rating
    100%
    Awesome shoe
    Perfect fit- like glove. One of the most comfortable pair of shoes you’ll ever find. Love the stitching, beautiful job. Please, please a brown color too? Happy owner of 2 of your models.

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  136. Rating
    100%
    Wonderful Shoes!
    Not only is this shoe really beautiful and comfortable, but I have received so many compliments from people whenever I wear them. Incredibly comfortable!

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  137. Rating
    100%
    Comfy AF, fast & tidy
    People don't often compliment me on my shoes, but when they do, it's these. Not bad for outrageously comfy slip-ons.

    If I could have only one pair of shoes, this would be it. I'm on my 2nd pair (plus one canvas and one in brown leather. The black leather is the best version, IMO)

    Doesn't take long to break in, and then lasts about a year as an everyday shoe with a good bit of walking.

    Works with shorts or long pants, with or without socks.

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  138. Rating
    100%
    Everyday, Everywhere
    I love these shoes for any amount of walking and anywhere! They are stylish, comfortable, and feel built to last. Get some and your feet will thank you!

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  139. Rating
    100%
    gorgeous simple awesome shoe
    These are what I imagine a shoe should be like when I think about a barefoot shoe. Simple clean lines, great fit, awesome looks, and a solid connection between my feet and the ground. I had to order 12.5 when I ordered; normally when I order shoes I order a 13. I have a wide foot with a high arch and the 12.5s fit me perfectly, better than a glove.

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  140. Rating
    80%
    Araba Leather Mens
    I enjoy wearing this shoe. However, I find the noise generated by the barefoot tread design to be less than desirable. It is the same, whether I am walking on carpet or concrete.

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  141. Rating
    100%
    Ababa Leather Mens Shoe
    Loved this shoe from the first time I wore them. The leather is soft, comfortable. I like it so much, wanted to buy it in a second color but not available in my size. I'll keep checking.

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  142. Rating
    80%
    I would buy these again
    Honestly feels like I'm walking barefoot. Very lightweight and flexible.

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  143. Rating
    100%
    Very comfy!
    These shoes are probably the most comfortable Vivo's I've ever owned. The leather footbed works well either wearing socks or just going barefoot in the shoe. Great for everyday use, grips well in all weather conditions. Since these are hand made each shoe could possibly have a different fit around the ankle; for example, my left shoe is a little looser than my right shoe but still fits.

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  144. Rating
    100%
    Great slipper and shoe in one
    Look great, feel better, like nothing is there. I wear them mostly as slippers yet have worn them to a nice restaurant receiving compliments on them.

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  145. Rating
    100%
    Fantastic Shoe!
    I have been looking for a barfoot leather slip on for some time. This shoe ticks all of the boxes. It looks good and is very comfortable. I am very happy with it.

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  146. Rating
    80%
    Abba Leather - Mens
    This is my favorite shoe I've worn in years! It's currently a little tight - but I'm concerned that the next size up will be too large (there are no half sizes) and am assuming, because it's leather, that's it's going to stretch a bit and fit perfectly. Finger (and toes) crossed.

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  147. Rating
    100%
    Beautiful and comfortable shoe!
    These are beautiful shoes that are comfortable and lightweight. The only issue is that they run slightly narrower than my other Vivobarefoot shoes which usually fit perfectly out of the box. Just a couple days of wearing these stretched them into the right size. They are so nice that I ordered the brown version to complement the black ones I now have. Highly recommended!

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  148. Rating
    80%
    Very well designed.
    The shoes are fantastic. Very astute attention to detail. However, there is one issue that I have experienced. The rubber portion that extends up your Achilles Tendon is prone to rubbing the back of your ankle. While this does help the shoe mold to your foot, it can also cause blisters. I may attempt to modify the shoe to correct this, but I am not griping a whole lot because I have not developed a full on blister, and I am building up my calluses. I am thinking just gluing some moleskin to that section will fix the issue, but time will tell. One important note, I have absolutely no complaints when I wear socks that extend beyond the rubber extension. The shoe molds to my foot quite nicely and; thanks to the tread design; I think that I could even play sports in them, but I am not ready to do that just yet since they are still new.
    Overall, I am very pleased with the product, but I think that the aforementioned heel issue, and also the issue that these shoes are apparently not re-craftable (according to VIVO) bring this rating to a 4/5. Leather lasts as long as it is maintained well and the sole, as durable as it may be, will give way before the leather on my shoe does. Despite all these factors, I think that the shoe can be re-crafted, but I will not find out until probably 3 years from now.

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  149. Rating
    100%
    Comfy and stylish
    I purchased these for my husband and he said that they are the most comfortable and stylish slip ons that he has ever owned. They are made well and fit well.

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  150. Rating
    100%
    Best work shoes
    I've been wearing these for a year and still love them. Absolute most comfortable work shoe I have.

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Consciously crafted shoes, empowering makers and their communities.

  • Hand-stitched in Addis Ababa, and directly providing sustainable jobs to local communities.
  • Wild Hide leather naturally tanned by our partners Pittards, and ourced from independent Ethiopian farmers.
  • Carries the Proudly Made in Africa award, independently verified for their quality, materials and ethical production.
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Is UntrackedNo
Vivo Product Listing DescriptionA tough leather slip-on with a barefoot feel & a social conscience.
Vivo feature 2 suedeNo
Vivo feature bio based materialsNo
Vivo feature bloomNo
Vivo feature city outsoleNo
Vivo feature eco canvasNo
Vivo feature eco rubberNo
Vivo feature eco suedeNo
Vivo feature faux shearlingNo
Vivo feature handcutNo
Vivo feature hemp canvas upperNo
Vivo feature hex flex outsoleNo
Vivo feature hi viz reflectiveNo
Vivo feature kids multi outsoleNo
Vivo feature leather upperYes
Vivo feature organic cottonNo
Vivo feature pittards wild hideYes
Vivo feature pro5 tmNo
Vivo feature recycled leatherNo
Vivo feature recycled petNo
Vivo feature removable cork insoleNo
Vivo feature removable thermal soleNo
Vivo feature soft ground soleNo
Vivo feature soul of africaYes
Vivo feature tpu compoundNo
Vivo feature tough rubberNo
Vivo feature veg tan leatherNo
Vivo feature veganNo
Vivo feature warm linedNo
Vivo feature weather tight canvasNo
Vivo feature winterproofNo
Vivo feature wp leatherNo
Vivo Feature Material - Wildhide LeatherNo
Vivo Feature Material - WoolmarkNo
Vivo Feature Multi TerrainNo
Vivo Feature Why BarefootNo
Vivo Feature WeightNo
Vivo Feature Weight MensNo
Vivo Feature Weight WomensNo
Vivo Feature Weight JuniorsNo
Vivo Feature Weight KidsNo
Vivo Feature Weight ToddlersNo
Vivo Feature Thermal InsoleNo
Vivo feature firm ground outsoleNo
Vivo feature breathable meshNo
Vivo feature waterproofNo
Vivo feature leather footbedNo
Vivo feature water resistantNo