Season after season, our gear testers absolutely love the Olukai Ohana flip flop. This year is no different. While the Editors Choice award was snagged by the Ohana's sibling, the Hokua, it was an incredibly close call. No matter what your go-to activities are, you can't go wrong with this flip. We romped through the desert, belayed at the crag, did some gardening, kicked it at the park, and always felt comfortable. The compression-molded EVA footbed is among the most comfortable we tested and only became more comfortable and foot-forming as the testing went on. The rugged design, durable materials, and good looks did everything we asked of them and aged with grace.
Olukai Ohana Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Comfortable, versatile, stylish, great arch support
Cons: Heavy, expensive
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Ohana possesses all of the qualities we look for in a pair of flip flops. First and foremost, the feeling of slipping these on after a hard day of hiking, running, or working is amazing. The comfort is off the charts. After hurdling the critical comfort step, the Ohana proved to be durable, grippy, and versatile. There are no gimmicks, just a simple, well made flip flop that speaks for its self.
Like most flip flops, the Ohana sole is formed from compression-molded EVA but has a uniquely comfortable ICEVA drop-in footbed. The footbed really is the "ICEVA on the cake." They are comfortable right out of the box, but after months of wear, they only become more formed and supple. Our past experiences with comfortable flip flops led us to believe that often comfort is achieved with the sacrifice of durability. The Ohana proves that theory wrong by holding up as well as our Editors' Choice while retaining top-notch comfort.
The Ohana has mastered all of the elements that make a flip flop highly versatile. The sole is grippy and durable, the footbed offers plenty of support, and the straps are snug but soft to keep uncomfortable rubbing at bay. This is basically the Captain Planet of flip flops combining the power rings of grip, durability, comfort, and style to defeat evil.
On top of the outdoor versatility, the non-marking rubber soles let you transition indoors without scuffing up the floor. We did notice a significantly longer drying period for the footbed than some other flip flops, which kept the Ohana from a perfect score.
The durability of the Ohana is something other flip flops should strive for. With our oceans rapidly filling up with plastic, disposable flip flops should be a thing of the past because the materials break down so slowly. The Ohana's durability will surely keep a significant amount of flip flops from the garbage because they seem to last forever. Throughout our testing period of several months, there was no sign of footbed/sole delamination, and the only breakdown we noticed was the footbed conforming to our feet.
Out of the box, solid construction and heavy materials are apparent. The Ohana is one of the heaviest pairs of flip flops we tested, which might count as a negative if you're bringing them along on your next backpacking trip, but it means the durability is astounding.
The Beauty and the Beast isn't just a strange children's movie that reinforces harmful gender stereotypes — it's also a statement that perfectly sums up the Ohana. Simple but attractive lines and the ability to stomp on crustacean's shells (not live ones, we aren't monsters) without cutting through into your feet was a pleasant surprise.
There are a plethora of different color schemes to choose from with the Ohana, and even the colorful options are understated and appropriate for a wide variety of occasions. The bulk of our testing took place in Tucson, Arizona, where the flip flop is king, and the Ohana rarely came off of our feet.
The "coral reef lug" outsole on this flip strikes a nice balance between having big grippy lugs without them being so big as to loose traction on wet smooth surfaces. The non-marking rubber grips incredibly well. The Ohana rubber stacks up admireably to grippy "stealth" rubber like you can find on climbing shoes. We find the Ohana worthy of scrambling around the wet granite boulders of our favorite swimming hole, something we wouldn't do in just any ol' pair of flip flops.
When a pair of flip flops performs as well as the Ohana, we are prone to opening our wallet and allowing the company to grab however much cash they want. That being said, the Ohana's price-to-performance ratio is actually very high, as they aren't even the most expensive pair of flip flops we tested. It's safe to say the performance and style justify the price.
Having multiple pairs of Olukai flip flops in our field of competitors made selecting an Editors Choice excessively hard. The Ohana was solid competition, and we have absolutely no reservation in recommending them to anyone looking for a great all-around flip flop.
— Brian Martin