Not your average flip-flop
Spotlight: OluKai


Halle Berry rocks a movie premiere in laid back style in a maxi dress and a pair of flip flops.

It’s summer and you know what that means! That’s right, it’s the time of the year to show off your flip-flops. These days, flip-flops are all over the place. People wear them with everything from shorts, to swimsuits, to summer dresses, even to the red carpet. Even though some of us may not like to admit it, we all have those cheap flip flops that you can get for a couple dollars that fall apart after wearing them for two weeks. While those sandals are easy to wear, they typically won’t give us the support we need for healthy feet. And you have to replace them every single summer, if not multiple times a summer! Some companies have changed that by providing flip-flops that are not only easy to wear and stylish, but they also provide comfort and support. One of our favorite high quality flip flop brands is OluKai.


The guy who started OluKai (Hawaiian for “comfortable ocean”) used to work for a running company. After moving to a more tropical locale, he saw that people didn’t wear tennis shoes in everyday life; they wore flip flops! Knowing the benefits of the support given by running shoes, he wanted to build a flip flop that provided that same support.

The OluKai footbed is unlike other flip-flip footbeds, because of anatomical arch, toe, and heel support.

OluKai sandals are built like more traditional shoes with an insole for cushion, midsole for support and shock absorption, and outsole for traction and durability. Also, the toe post is connected throughout the whole shoe, so you won’t have the problem of a broken toe post with a pair of OluKais. From the custom-made lasts and anatomical footbeds, to the premium materials and attention to detail, OluKai sandals are undeniably more than your average flip flop. The company even collaborated with the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association to engineer a flip flop and a shoe to meet the lifeguards’ fitness training and daily demands. The result is the Kia’i sandal—all 450+ guards wear the Kia’i sandal as part of their uniform.


The OluKai Kia’i sandal is the official sandal of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. Quick drying, water-resistant, and with stitching showing the Hawaiian islands, the Kia’i embodies Polynesian culture.

From genuine leather sandals and shoes to waterproof flip flops, OluKai has something to match any life style. The Makai Collection, meaning “toward the ocean,” includes amphibious footwear. Made with the very best in water and sand resistant materials, sandals like the ‘Ohana and the ‘Amo are perfect for romping around in the ocean (or lake, or river, or pool–depending on what body of water you spend your time in!). Featuring water-resistant synthetic straps and quick-drying jersey knit lining, the Makai Collection sandals will easily serve your summer water needs.

The OluKai Makai Collection features sandals and shoes made specifically for wet activities. The ‘Ohana (left) and feminine ‘Amo are two key styles in this collection.

The Mauka Collection, meaning “toward the land,” combines native art with premium handcrafted leathers and materials for sandals that exude quality and Polynesian style.

OluKai Haiku ‘Elua: Polynesian Moko tattoo work is laser etched into the footbed of these sandals.

The women’s Haiku Elua sandals are anything but average. Pigskin lining will feel so soft against your skin, while laser etched Polynesian Moko tattoo artwork adorns the footbed for a look that is unmatched. The streamlined silhouette will keep you feeling feminine and pretty, while the anatomical footbed will keep you comfortable all day.


For men, the Kukui sandal is infused with rich island style. Full grain leather in inlaid with suede to make up the upper, with pigskin lining for softness against your feet. Again, the anatomical footbed and soft nylon toe post will ensure long lasting comfort.


This Hawaiian brand is all about making shoes that are functional for your outdoor lifestyle while preserving the Polynesian culture that serves as inspiration. A portion of proceeds from the Kia’i go to the HLA Junior Guard Program, while a portion of sales from the water resistant Ohana sandal goes towards the company’s ‘Ohana Giveback Program, preserving the cultural resources of the islands.

If you’re used to wearing flimsy flip flops and sandals with no support, once you slip into a pair of OluKai sandals you will feel an immediate difference. Find the perfect pair for you at

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