One of the things I have not missed in this past pandemic year is the occasional need to take my shoes off at security checkpoints in airports. Sure, TSA PreCheck lets travelers skate this requirement, but it’s still necessary at checkpoints without PreCheck and most international airports.


I’ve long loved OluKai’s drop-in heel design that gives both shoe and slide functionality to some of the brand’s kicks. The new Kiʻihele Sneakers for women, stylish-yet-functional shoes that are just as good when you’re trekking to the beach as they are for city wandering, include the drop-in heel in their design.


The shoe’s upper combines open mesh with lightweight canvas and sueded microfiber for stylish, breathable comfort. Elastic gore panels are enough to keep the shoes on your feet, but without being uncomfortably tight.


The compression-molded EVA outsole has non-marking rubber traction pods to help you keep your balance on wet, slick surfaces, like the pool deck. Look closely at the design, inspired by island flora, and you know you’ll be able to tell your footprints in the sand apart for everyone else’s tracks.


The dual-density PU footbed, cushy gel insert, and microfiber footbed cover are enough to support you through a day on your feet, whether that’s at home or on the road.


If you’re already a fan of OluKai’s Pehuea shoes, the Kiʻihele Sneakers are somewhat similar, however the drop-in heel hits just a little higher on the wearer’s heel.


A portion of all proceeds directly supports the Ama OluKai Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that honors those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawaiʻi. Learn more about the Ama OluKai Foundation here.


The Kiʻihele Sneakers for women come in black, bright white, and rose dust, and list for $100 on the OluKai site.


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