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I’ve written before about the best travel shoes that blend style and comfort and today I wanted to add to that list! I recently discovered OluKai, a Hawaiian-inspired shoe brand that makes shoes suited for an ocean lifestyle. Their durable, high-quality craftsmanship shows through in every shoe and their sandals, flip flops and sneakers provide excellent comfort without sacrificing style.
For summer travel, I always pack at least 2 pairs of shoes: one slip-on sneaker for the airport and general sightseeing and one strappy sandal for the beach, casual dinners and light-walking days. OluKai specializes in exactly these two types of womens’ shoes and so I decided I needed to try them! For this OluKai review post, I’ll be covering the OluKai Pehuea slip on sneaker and OluKai Upena strappy sandal.
Keep reading to find out if these are the most comfortable shoes for women!
The OluKai Pehuea
First, I have to admit that I love slip on sneakers. They’re so easy to throw on, they cover your foot so if you’re as accident prone as I am you won’t get stubbed toes, and they’re a comfortable, stylish alternative to sneakers.
The main problem I’ve had with slip on shoes in the past is chafing as some shoes require a bit of breaking in. Not so with OluKai! The Pehuea is amazingly comfortable, with a quick-drying fabric outer that is both flexible yet durable. It comes in a wide range of colors – I opted for the pale grey. It’s also quite easy to slip them on, as there’s a wide opening and slight dip – OluKai calls this their drop-in-heel.
But wait – I have to get to the best part. The footbed looks flat from the outside but it’s cushioned inside to provide both heel stability and arch support! Man, oh man these supportive footbeds make these the most comfortable shoes for long days whether you’re standing all day or out running errands.
I must walk oddly because I always get callouses on my little toes but the OluKai Pehuea footbed is designed with anatomical foot support and provides lots of extra cushioning so my heels don’t ache at the end of the day.
The inside footbed is also removable which is GENIUS. Shoes getting a little worn and stinky? No problem, just take out the footbed and throw them in the wash! I do always wear slip on low ankle socks with these shoes but if you don’t, you could wash them more frequently.
Meanwhile, if you were doing some light walking on a slippery dock or perhaps hiking a wet trail, the Pehuea shoe has a rubber out-sole to provide some grip and stability. The rubber itself is made from a synthetic that doesn’t leave scuffs or marks, if you are wearing them indoors.
In summary, OluKai’s Pehuea shoe has my vote for most comfortable walking shoe for women due to its:
- removable, anatomical footbed
- breathable fabric upper
- grippable rubber outsole
The OluKai Upena
Now that I’m back in NYC, I usually wear sandals when out and about. New York sidewalks can get gross so I want sandals with a little more support and structure than flip flops and the Upena sandals are perfect!
I opted for the all black, because I think black makes your foot as slimming as possible and while I love shoes, I don’t necessarily want to draw attention to my toes. The footbed is insanely comfortable and I could probably walk the entire length of Manhattan in these shoes, no problemo.
The Upena sandal has the same anatomically molded footbed to cushion your feet and the best part is that the shoe doesn’t look like it has a clunky insole from the outside. Again, I like my shoes as slimming as possible and these make the cut! The sandal comes with a non-marking rubber sole as well
I also love how the straps can be adjustable – you just gently pull and tug them into place if you want them to sit on your foot differently. I think the Upena would even work well for all my wide-footed friends or those with bunions looking for comfy walking sandals!
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