OluKai Luana Sandal – A Quick Review

It can often seem that women’s sandals are either sporty or pretty, but it’s hard to find an example of both all in one. Sure, true sporty sandals allow you to walk in pebbly creek beds, hike on trails, and take part in all those non-hiking-boot adventures.

OluKai Luana Sandal - Women's
11 Reviews
OluKai Luana Sandal - Women's

  • Water-Resistant Synthetic Straps With Ultra Soft, Quick-Drying Jersey Knit Lining.
  • Metal Strap Anchors With Micro Hook-And-Loop Closure For A Custom Fit.
  • Anatomically Molded Micro-Textured PU Midsole.
  • Non-Marking Rubber Outsole With Textured Pods For Enhanced Traction And Durability.
  • Padded Lining Heel And Toe Strap For Extra Comfort.

But they’re not often the sandals you’ll pick to wear to dinner, unless dinner consists of the neighborhood bar and grill, a campfire, or other casual outing.

So when you’re choosing your footwear for vacation and trying to avoid bringing a checked bag, try bringing the OluKai Luana sandal.

The anatomically molded micro-textured PU midsole makes the sandals comfortable to wear all day, and the non-marking rubber outsole (which won’t leave marks or scuffs on surfaces) has textured “pods” for better traction and durability.

The synthetic straps have soft, quick-drying jersey knit lining, and the heel and toe strap have an additional padded lining for extra comfort.

I’ve worn these sandals while bike riding (10-mile beach cruiser rides, not badass MTB or road cycling), hiking, beach adventures, boating, and general around-town excursions. The Luana sandals are water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about getting them wet, but they’re not likely the shoes you’ll want to wear for a major river rafting adventure.

The fit is adjustable, by way of hook-and-loop closures (AKA Velcro) that allow you to tighten or loosen the straps as you choose, for a custom fit. I was surprised that the sandals were as comfortable as they are—the combination of the molded footbed and the adjustable padded straps made me happy to wear them all day.

OluKai Luana Sandal - Women's
11 Reviews
OluKai Luana Sandal - Women's

  • Water-Resistant Synthetic Straps With Ultra Soft, Quick-Drying Jersey Knit Lining.
  • Metal Strap Anchors With Micro Hook-And-Loop Closure For A Custom Fit.
  • Anatomically Molded Micro-Textured PU Midsole.
  • Non-Marking Rubber Outsole With Textured Pods For Enhanced Traction And Durability.
  • Padded Lining Heel And Toe Strap For Extra Comfort.

If you’re doing some intrepid adventures that don’t quite rise to the level of hiking boots or other outdoorsy specialty shoes, yet still need to have a seriously beefy sole and thick straps, these sandals probably aren’t the best choice. But they’re great for nearly anything short of those situations.

The OluKai Luana Sandal comes in black, charcoal, coral and a white/black combo, and lists for $85 on the OluKai site. The sandals are also available at Amazon and Zappos.

Jill

Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on www.dangerjillrobinson.com and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.