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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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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 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.


Comfort to the limit

I want to start off by saying that I absolutely love these shoes! Now that I've been wearing them for a bit over a month I have broken into them & they have taken the shape of my feet! I love the way I can literally feel everything I'm stepping onto, they feel almost as if they were gloves for feet. The only problem that I encountered was that the fabric is unstitching on the sides of the shoe & I'm worried that they might tear & I won't be able to continue wearing them due to holes. It's very unfortunate that this us happening & even worse that its only been a month since I started wearing these shoes & on top of that they're my first pair of vivobarefoot shoes for myself & the price that I paid for them to last me this little. Its pretty sad to be honest but other than that I do love these shoes. I just wish they couldn't lasted me longer.

Comfortable and cute!

The Ababas are my first barefoot shoes and I couldn't be happier with them! At first I was concerned that the shape would too large for my taste, but the style is so nice that the width is hardly noticeable. But it's the comfort and feel that I am most satisfied with, They are easily the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned and I am already looking to purchase another pair of Vivobarefoots for the fall season!


I love the print on these shoes and I've been looking and looking for a slide that's comfy, casual, and cute. Unfortunately, I didn't find that these shoes fit into the last category. I felt like I was wearing clown shoes. If the edges with the seams were trimmed, it might've worked better. However, if you're looking for a flexible lightweight and comfortable shoe, go for it!

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