Ababa Leather Mens


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.


  • Sticky rubber rocker outsole – for amazing grip
  • Wild Hide Leather – naturally scarred and durable



139 Reviews

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!

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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