Travel and adventure are important. But it’s also important to have some down time at the end of the day. And when you’re traveling (or living) in cold climates, cozy slippers are excellent essentials to have.


I was a huge fan of last winter’s OluKai Kuʻuna slippers. But Iʻm also a fan of two new women’s slippers that have been added to OluKai’s offerings: the Kuʻi slippers and the Kīpeʻa Heu slippers.


The women’s Kuʻi slippers are shearling-lined, soft, full-grain leather slippers that are so comfortable I never want to take them off. The outsole is compression-molded EVA, and has sawtooth-design lugs for great traction in wet conditions when you venture outside (or, if you have a dog who drinks from her water bowl and then dribbles water through the house). The wool-blend footbed cover and anatomical contour built into the midsole makes these slippers so comfortable for walking that I’ve forgotten I had slippers on when I went to drop my child off at school or picked mail up from the post office.


The women’s Kīpeʻa Heu slippers are fluffy, year-round flip flips that are so soft that my dog decided they were hers for about 24 hours. The shearling-wrapped sandals have a foam underlay and a shearling cover that together makes it feel like you’re walking on clouds. Walk outdoors with these, too, because they have a non-marking rubber outsole that adds traction on wet surfaces.


There’s just enough time to get these cozy slippers for yourself or gift them to a friend for the holidays.


The women’s Kuʻi slippers come in tan/bone, canoe/tan, and black/fog, and list for $130 on the OluKai site. The womenʻs Kīpeʻa Heu slippers come in tapa, tan, and black, and list for $100 on the OluKai site.

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