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OluKai Hokua Sandals offer excellent comfort, water…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

OluKai Hokua Sandals offer excellent comfort, water resistance, traction, and are great for Plantar Fasciitis! I use these day-to-day as well as for camp shoes. I recommend these especially for those suffering from Plantar.

Pros

  • Excellent arch support
  • Soft material combined with arch is great for Plantar
  • Excellent traction for a sandal
  • Footbed material does not absorb water or odor
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Some delamination between layers
  • Not suitable for rainy conditions

In my experience, flops have never been associated with comfort, traction, or stability. I've always assumed that's the trade-off for the convenience of open-toed easy-on/off footwear. OluKai has completely changed my expectations! The OluKai Hokua are, by far, the most comfortable flip-flop style sandal I've ever owned. 

The footbed is made from two different materials laminated together.  The outer sole is made from a sturdy rubber compound giving the sandal excellent rigidity without sacrificing desired traction characteristics of softer materials. The rubber out-sole enhances this by adding a molded traction pattern sufficient for mist surfaces and conditions I’ve encountered.

Having said that, I have not worn these in mud or in temperatures below 40 degrees. Rubber typically hardens in colder temperatures so the traction capabilities may change considerably in colder temperatures. 

There is a slight cupped shape to the heel giving the sandal better stability than typical flip-flops. I wouldn't put these in the same category of my Vibram hiking shoes, but they are far better than any flop I've owned previously. 

The inner sole is made from a soft compressible yet non-porous material providing excellent shock absorption not typically found in this style of footwear. I previously owned a pair of Teva sandals that used porous footbed material. These would squish as I walked if they got wet. Consequently, they also absorbed significant amount of odor from perspiration. That was a real deal breaker for me. Thankfully, the OluKai do not suffer from this shortcoming.

After three months of near continuous use, I have never had any issues with chaffing or blistering. No break-in period required. The only problem I’ve had is some minor delamination between layers on the left flip-flop.  Rather puzzling considering my right one is constantly under heavy deformation from using the gas pedal while driving. I have an automatic so my left foot doesn't do much. I think they may need to review their laminating process with the manufacturer. There's definitely an issue here. I'll be making use of that 1-year warranty very soon. This is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

I purchased these after a recommendation for relief from Plantar Fasciitis. I tried different shoes and inserts including those sold by my podiatrist without success. I was getting desperate. Combined with stretching exercises, the arch support and soft compressive footbed material of the OluKai have provided almost miraculous relief from a condition that had been consistently worsening over time. 

They weigh nearly a pound per pair but I still carry them in my pack even on the longest trips. They provide that much relief at the end of the day!! 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Ernest. Thanks for sharing such a helpful review of your sandals.


2 years ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

By the way, do you have any pictures of your sandals you could share in your review?


2 years ago
Ernest Correale

I didn't see a way to add images. I see one on the page now, did you find one?


2 years ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Hi Ernest. You can add images (and videos) into the body of a review by going in to edit it. Then click the photo icon (looks like a little tree) and either upload a picture to your Trailspace account or link to an existing one you own elsewhere. I hope that helps.


2 years ago

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