Who should buy the OluKai Wailea

The Wailea from Olukai is a fierce women's golf shoe that can be mistaken for a pair of tennis shoes. Buy it if:

  • You want a women's golf shoe that's comfy from the get-go.
  • You prefer spikeless golf shoes that you can easily slip in and out of.
  • Waterproof kicks that you can use outside the green are what you're after.

Who should not buy it

If you're a gal with a limited budget, skip the OluKai Wailea for the New Balance 574 Greens ($90). And with no criticisms about its default fit, the style-savvy Adidas Tour360 XT SL is a nice alternative to the featured shoe.

Day-one comfort on the course

Scores of golfers say that the OluKai Wailea is super comfortable right from the off. It's "comfortable like my tennis shoes," says one of them. Another one says that it's "incredibly soft right out of the box." yet another golf player says that you "don’t even need to take them off after a round."

Happiness for your arch

This Hawaiian golf shoe is loved by female players for its supportive arch zone. You can "golf all day" in it, says one reviewer. Another golfer felt very supported underfoot on a very hilly golf course, leaving her to give the shoe the highest praise.

OluKai Wailea equals fantastic versatility

"Great on and off the golf course"—this is how one experienced female golfer describes the exceptionally grippy Wailea. Indeed, the featured shoe is more than just for swinging on the green, as female golfers love to use it for other activities. "I love wearing them as a mule when going thru the airport security," says one of them. Another owner prefers to wear it at casual dinner parties.

An answered prayer waterproofing-wise

There are those who deeply appreciate the Wailea's ability to keep everything on the inside moisture-free. "The golf gods answered my prayers," says one reviewer who's been looking for a shoe with incredible waterproofing, besides great comfort and support.

But it's also quite breathable

The OluKai Wailea has the breathability to match its impressive water protection. It's fully capable of flushing out heat buildup as you walk and swing.

The Wailea's steep asking price

Its manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is $160 per pair, which isn't actually cheap. In comparison, spikeless golf shoes have an average price of $135.

Initial restrictiveness in the OluKai Wailea

It's been reported that the Wailea is a tad tight at first. Fortunately, it has a very minimal break-in period, leaving you with form-fitting and easy-on-easy-off confines in no time.

Golfing chicness in every pair

Numerous golf players are smitten by the elegance of the OluKai Wailea. Their praises are reflected in the following remarks:

  • "Visually very nice."
  • "Looks so good with every outfit."
  • "Love these shoes."

Facts / Specs

Outsole: Spikeless
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Material: Leather Upper
Closure: Laces
Style: Athletic
BRAND Brand: OluKai

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Author
Cesar Monasterio
Cesar Monasterio

Cesar Monasterio is considered one of the best Argentine golfers of his generation. He is one of only 13 players to have victories on all three European golf circuits: European Tour, Challenge Tour, and Legends Tour. In 2014 he won the English Senior Open and was voted Rookie of the Year on the Legends Tour. Mr Monasterio represented his country in the 1995 World Cup. Still active and competing with a strong focus, he is the president of the Argentine Professional Golf Tour and the coach of several prestigious golfers. Finally, he is a specialist golf "Blacksmith" repairing golf clubs precisely at the workshop set in his house for this fine purpose.