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Best Foot Forward | Drop-in to OluKai

Get style, comfort, and craftsmanship from these Hawaiian-inspired, quality leather shoes.

Michelle Griesmanby Michelle Griesman

OluKai was founded as a premium ocean lifestyle brand with a focus on deep values rooted in leaving as small of a (production) footprint as possible, giving back to the community and respecting the environment and your surroundings with every step. Walk more than a mile in these shoes while embracing this company’s profound mission statement.

Take a look at their collection and something definitely stands out: diversity. While you would expect a Hawaiian-inspired company to have killer flip flops, they not only make premium leather sandals, but have taken their advanced manufacturing to shoes, boots and sneakers. The big differentiator is something we’ve never seen elsewhere: their trademarked Drop-in Heel, which allows you to wear these shoes as a heeled sneaker or heel-less slip-on. OluKai has taken this simple shoe-tech and built the capability into a number of their models.

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Some of our favorites available now are the Walino, which is an understated dress shoe, available in four colors, featuring the fold back heel for comfort or to show a whole different look (we recommend trying them with straight legged cuffed jeans and a tee during the spring). Or, if you’re looking for something more winter weather appropriate, the Kohala (named after the oldest volcano on the Big Island) is a work boot you’ll want to wear to the office, and is classy enough to sport to the sponsored party afterward.

All images courtesy of OluKai.