OluKai ‘Upena Women’s Sandals – A Quick Review

In the seemingly endless struggle with keeping footwear needs to a minimum while traveling, one remaining challenge is finding a women’s sandal that looks good for a somewhat dressy evening but is also comfortable to wear while walking around all day.

OluKai Upena Sandal - Women's
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OluKai Upena Sandal - Women's

  • High-Quality Full-Grain Leather Straps.
  • Anatomically Molded Micro-Textured PU Midsole.
  • Non-Marking Rubber Outsole With Textured Pods.
  • Adjustable Ankle Strap With Antiqued Metal Buckle.

Who knows, maybe you can even wear them on the plane, as well.

My latest find that meets all these requirements: the OluKai ‘Upena sandal.

The multi-strap sandal has a textured rubber outsole that’s non-marking, meaning you won’t leave scuffs on surfaces of any kind.

Whether you’re visiting your Aunt Peggy in her white-on-white design home, or hitting a museum in a far-away city, that’s always a good thing.

The outsole also has textured pods for better traction and durability. Think of all those slippery surfaces you might encounter on vacation—from wet sidewalks to highly polished floors.

No need to switch footwear to handle them when you have the ‘Upenas on your feet.

The sandal footbed is an anatomically molded micro-textured polyurethane (PU) midsole, which has kept my feet comfortable all day on my travels.

I’ve spent days in them, running from appointment to appointment on a cement convention-center floor, walking on city sidewalks in medium and insanely hot temperatures, and kicking back at cafes both near and far.

The leather sandal has an adjustable ankle strap with an antiqued metal buckle. The toe post is “slotted leather,” which means that the strap itself is the toe post. If you can’t conjure that in your head, just take a look at the image above.

OluKai Upena Sandal - Women's
96 Reviews
OluKai Upena Sandal - Women's

  • High-Quality Full-Grain Leather Straps.
  • Anatomically Molded Micro-Textured PU Midsole.
  • Non-Marking Rubber Outsole With Textured Pods.
  • Adjustable Ankle Strap With Antiqued Metal Buckle.

The OluKai ‘Upena sandal comes in Charcoal/Pewter, Black/Black, Mustard/Bubbly (gold), or Kona Coffee/Kona Coffee. Two of those combinations (the Charcoal/Pewter and Mustard/Bubbly) include metallic-color highlights. The sandal lists for $90 on the OluKai site. It’s also available at Amazon, Zappos and REI.

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.