OluKai is a footwear company founded by native Hawaiian Bill Worthington and Matt Till in 2006. Their aim is to “create footwear that combines durability for the waterman, ocean lifestyle…” Their brand is strongly rooted in family values and the Hawaiian culture. (Each model of shoe has a Hawaiian name and story.) In their traditional spirit of giving, part of OluKai’s proceeds go to the Hawaiian Junior Lifeguard Program and the ‘Ohana Giveback Program.
OluKai flip flops are perfect to wear around water, providing traction and breathability. Known for being great on slick, rocky terrine, OluKai footwear is worn by the 450+ members of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association’s uniform. The footbeds of all OluKai flip flops are inspired by the feeling of the bare foot sinking into wet sand. The heel is designed to minimize foot sliding. The heel cup provides stability and shock absorption. Each footbed also has an anatomical arch support that provides a contoured, comfortable fit.
OluKai believes in their product so much that they offer a year warranty on all of their shoes. They will replace them if the straps pull out, the sole layers delaminate or there is frayed or loose stitching on the uppers, footbeds or logos. Customers also believe in OluKai, and the company relies on word of mouth or what Hawaiians call “talk story”.
Price: $49.00 – $85.00
‘Ohana is Hawaiian for “Family”.
‘Ohana is the one of the most popular models of OluKai flip flops. (Available for both men and women.) The straps are made of quick drying water resistant leather with a quick drying lycra and neoprene backing. The rubber soles have perimeter razor siping that provides traction on wet surfaces. The footbed has anatomical arch support at the midsole made out of EVA. The top layer is made of ICEVA, a super soft, moldable EVA that aids in comfort and fit. Many reviewers found relief from their plantar fasciitis, back pain and other foot and leg pain. These OluKai flip flops are so beloved, they are among the best flip flops for arch support and water.
Price: $40.00 – $70.00
Kulapa Kai is Hawaiian for “To frolic in the ocean”.
These OluKai flip flops have a more feminine look to them than the ‘Ohanas, with shiny, water drop patterned straps. They are stylish and come in over 15 vibrant or muted color combinations. Reviewers love how cushioned the footbed feels and said they are great for someone with high arches. The synthetic straps have a quick drying jersey knit lining. The rubber soles have water siping technology, making them slip resistant.
Price: $30.00 – $85.00
Paniolo means “Hawaiian cowboy”.
These OluKai flip flops are influenced by the culture of the upcountry of Hawaii. They have saddle inspired stitching details with deeply oiled leather. The straps are antiqued leather attached to a comfortable EVA footbed that is also covered in decorated leather. The sole is different from most of the other OluKai flip flops because it has a fish scale pattern infused with burlap fibers. (It is still non-marking rubber.) The toe post is also leather and hand sewn into the footbed. Reviewers love the way these look and feel. Many of them love the arch support and the conforming footbed.
Price: $58.00 – $70.00
Lele is a Hawaiian word for “fly” or “leap” or “bounce”, etc.
If you are searching for a sporty OluKai flip flop, then the Lele is a great choice. Reviewers say they love these durable flip flops and could walk in them all day. They rave about how supportive the arch is and come comfortable the footbed and heel are. They have water resistant straps with a quick drying lining attached to a soft nylon toe post. The EVA footbed is non-slip, as is the rubber outsole. They are also some of the most lightweight OluKais.
Price: $52.00 – $70.00
‘Ohana is Hawaiian for “Family”.
OluKai is well known for their durable ‘Ohana flip flops (Available for both men and women.) ‘Ohanas have a footbed with an anatomically compressed EVA midsole with lots of arch support. They are such a favorite, that they are on my list of the most supportive flip flops. The top layer of the footbed is made of ICEVA. ICEVA is a cushy, more moldable EVA that gives the ‘Ohana a personalized, supportive fit. The synthetic leather straps are water resistant, and backed with a quick drying jersey knit and neoprene lining. The outsole is a non-marking rubber that has a “coral reef lug” design that helps with traction on slick surfaces. All of these features make the ‘Ohana one of the best waterproof flip flops. The Men’s ‘Ohana is available in 14 color combinations.
If you are interested in a pair of OluKais with a full grain antiqued leather upper and leather footbed, check out the OluKai ‘Ohana Leather Flip Flops for $70.00 – $90.00.
Pricing: $57.00 – $70.00
Hokua is Hawaiian for “Crest of wave”.
OluKai says they based the design of their Hokua flip flops on the strength of the sea, “tough and versatile enough for any ocean adventure.” They have water resistant, raised rope core leather straps with a quick drying lining that is breathable. The rubber outsole has siping for better traction and the footbed is a cushy, non-slip ICEVA. These OluKai flip flops are so water friendly, they even float. Reviewers claim they are some of the most cushy, yet supportive flip flops out there. They also say they are a great value because they are so durable and comfortable to wear.
Kia’i is Hawaiian for “guard”.
These Olukai flip flops were designed alongside the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association (HLA) and are worn and tested by their 450+ lifeguards. They are made of both synthetic and mesh materials, with a water resistant synthetic leather strap and lycra lining. The footbed has arch support and is made of EVA and ICEVA for a molded fit and lots of arch and heel support. Reviewers rave about how good these flip flops feel. Many reviewers found relief from plantar fasciitis and other common foot and body pains. As the HLA can attest, the durable Kia’I II flip flops are perfect for comfortable, supportive all day wear.
Price: $70.00 – $120.00
Mea Ola is Hawaiian for “Creature”.
If you are looking for flip flop with some class, then look no further than the Mea Ola. The Mea Ola flip flops have a unique “octopus” design sewn into the premium full grain leather footbed. This footbed has an anatomically contoured midsole for arch support. The straps are also made with full grain leather and feature a canoe lash stitching up the middle. The non-slip outsole is (you guessed it) wrapped in full grain leather and has traction pods. All together, this is one smooth looking, durable flip flop. Reviewers agree that they are well made, good looking and comfortable, though they do warn that the sizes seem to run a tad small.
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