In my family, we have regular slippers (flip-flops) and dress slippers (leather flip-flops). Since we live in a surf town, that’s really all we need unless we’re hiking. And when I travel, I try to get by with two pairs of shoes if possible, and three at most. Both my regular and dress slippers often make the cut—especially when I’m traveling in warm-weather locations.


But regardless of how fancy they may be, sandals with a toe post can be a sign of too-casual attire in some places. I’ve long dismissed high-heeled shoes from my wardrobe, and was recently looking for sandals that I can wear both casually and for more dressy occasions when flip-flops get the side-eye. For that purpose, I tested out the OluKai Kāmola Slide Sandals.


No, these aren’t sandals for formal parties, but how often do you attend those when you’re traveling? The soft, full-grain leather is woven, evoking a lauhala design like the Hawaiian style of weaving leaves from the hala tree. Enhanced grip on the sole utilizes OluKai’s non-marking Wet Grip Rubber for traction in wet and dry conditions. Just don’t wear them in water, where prolonged contact may cause damage to the leather.


One of the reasons I love this brand is for the anatomically contoured footbeds in the style of having your bare feet in wet sand. The comfort and support from the footbed allow me to wear their shoes and sandals all day without getting tired. And that’s a feature of a good sandal.


Kāmola Sandals come in black and tan, and list for $100 on the OluKai site. Like many shoes, I recommend wearing them for a short, break-in period of time before you take them on vacation and plan to wear them for hours on end.

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