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Pros: Amazing arch support, smooth and comfortable footbed and straps, durable
Cons: Heavy, a bit stiff/bulky.
Best Uses: Light hikes, longer walks, coffee runs, biking around town, BBQ’s, beach trips, water sports, out to lunch, stream crossing, scrambling over rocks, standing in line at the DMV.
The OluKai Ohana flip flop was our top pick for overall comfort, support, and performance. True, it is the heaviest of the supportive flips we tested, but it makes up for that with its smooth footbed, non-chaffing straps, and superior arch support. If you are sticking to pure water sports, go with the Chaco Flip Sandal - Women's, but for dabbling here and there in the wet, the Ohana is just fine. It’s also practically as comfortable as the Sanuk Yoga Mat - Women's, with far more support and hence all-day possibility. It is an awesome, versatile flip for almost any occasion. The only reason not to buy this flip is the price. If you want a cheap flop, check out the Reef Sandy Sandal.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
To be completely honest, there isn’t much that I don’t like about the Ohana. It is incredibly comfortable and super supportive for a flip flop. I have flat feet and my arches never felt sore wearing these. In addition to having a molded footbed, they are lined with something called ICEVA, making it feel like you are walking on suede. Such a welcome change from other flips! I wore the OluKai on almost every occasion and they performed beautifully and looked great. When I got them wet I never felt as if I was going to slip, and in this department they are only surpassed by the Chaco Ecotread. This is because of the tighter, non-stretching straps on the Chaco, and therefore the Ohana wins for comfort between these two choices. The OluKai Ohana was far and away the most supportive and comfortable. The other flips usually excelled in one department, but not both. Finally, the OluKai has held up perfectly, fitting the same and looking as good as the first time I slipped them on.
As I said, there isn’t much “wrong” with the Ohana. Unfortunately, it is a bit heavier than the Chaco and Keen, both of which also offer support. I felt a bit tender on the top of my foot where the straps meet after wearing them all day. Also, because they are so incredibly supportive, there is a lot of material to them, and therefore they are not quite as streamlined as some of the other models. Not quite bulky, but definitely a bit more prominent. Not as feminine as the Keen Florence or as simple as the Reef Sandy.
Chose this flip flop for everything you could possibly choose a flip flop for! Except maybe when you want to wear a skirt or dress and need simple, low profile flips.
$65 is the most expensive of all the models tested, but I’d say it’s worth it if you want to invest in a solid, versatile sandal that will last. An excellent choice especially if you only want to buy one pair.
— Emily Zell
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