‘Olu’ and ‘Kai’ means ‘comfort’ and ‘ocean’ in Hawaiian, and this philosophy drives OluKai’s entire brand ethos. What started as a need for sandals able to go from the beaches of Hawaii to, well, anywhere else that didn’t require open-toe shoes turned into OluKai — a different approach to a footwear brand that combines the ocean lifestyle with the comfort and durability of traditional athletic shoes.
All of OluKai’s footwear is designed with what they call ‘The Wet Sand Principle.’ This design philosophy ensures every pair of shoes they make feels like stepping in wet sand and your feet are supported in all the right places.
Their hard-wearing boots are no exception either. Made for the adventurer in all of us and equally at home for a night on the town, its full-grain leather Nalukai Boot is rugged yet refined and features a lightweight triple-layer anatomical EVA footbed for all-day comfort.
For extra protection from the elements, the Nalukai Kapa Boot combines water-resistant waxed canvas with a moisture-wicking lining to ensure your feet stays dry during any island adventure. Named after the iconic Hawai‘iloa voyaging canoe, its cozy Hawaiʻiloa Manu Ihu Leather Chukka Boot is perfect for colder days with its waterproof nubuck upper and a blended wool lining.
You can also feel good knowing that with every OluKai footwear purchase a portion of proceeds goes back to Hawaii through its Ama OluKai Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2014 that gives back to the islands and helps preserve Hawaiian culture. Take a look at some of our favorite styles above, and check out their full footwear range at olukai.com.
- Photographer: Koston