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Ababa Canvas Swipe Mens


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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A selection of laces, insoles and apparel to pair with your Vivo's

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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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Profits generated by the sale of Ababa are donated to Soul of Africa Trust to support local projects focused on building futures for disadvantaged kids.

  • Tough rubber outsole
  • Vegan 

Ababa Canvas Swipe Mens 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.


They Get Attention

These shoes are great. Comfortable like a slip on and the rubber heel doesn't bother my achilles.

Honestly at a US12.5, every shoe starts to look like a clog on me, but these barely hold their own despite their size. (If you have a 9 or 10, I think these would look perfect).

I wear my pants tapered, and I think that combination is good, but I bet you could make them work with a baggier cut too.

I get a lot of looks with them on. Whether it's a "What are those?" or a "WHAT ARE THOOOOOOSE?", I just like the fact that they're a canvas shoe that aren't under the shadow of a certain man's name.

Also did I mention that they're made with cultural sensitivity in Africa?

Great Product

Hello. I love the shoes that I received a month ago: RIF ecoSuede, Ultra 3 Finistere, RA II. All fit relatively well.
My new ABABA Canvas is same size - 45 - as the other 3 pairs but are tighter in the toe to the point where they are in fact difficult to wear. Because I live in St. Lucia it is impossible to return - impractical. Also no Re-sealable bags were received for any of the 4 pairs. I've recommended VIVO to everyone just disappointed with this but not surprised as all feet are different.

A perfect fit.

This is my new favorite casual shoe. I've been wearing barefoot style shoes for many years and my feet show it, so the wide toe box of these shoes is very welcome. The look great in white. The canvas has some structure, yet it's still soft and fairly easy to clean.

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