Profile of the OluKai Kulana

Who is it for? The OluKai Kulana is intended for people looking for a work shoe that offers the comfort of bedroom slippers. Its minimal yet cushioned sole unit provides ease of walking and standing for all-day wear. Meanwhile, its style is quite laid-back that it can go from an office look to casual wear for after-hours drinks. 

What makes it different? OluKais are known for its Drop-In Heel feature that allows users to fold the back panel and turn them into sliders. The Kulana doesn’t employ this feature. However, it is still equipped with a removable footbed that provides excellent underfoot coverage.


Traction. The bottom of the OluKai Kulana is wrapped in premium leather. It features rubber pods under the heel and the forefoot to deliver grip. The compound is durable. It is also non-marking, so even if it’s black, it won’t be leaving streak marks on polished floors.


Cushioning. The insole of the Kulana is made of dual-density polyurethane (PU) foam. It has a gel component integrated into the arch area, which gives the footbed its anatomical shape.

The top is covered in premium full-grain leather. The insole is also removable, allowing owners to use custom orthotics if they wish to.


Coverage. A full-grain leather is used for the top of the OluKai Kilana. The suppleness of the material adds to the overall flexibility of the shoes. It has decorative stitchings that amplify the style.

Design. Sticking to its Hawaiian-inspired origins, though the Kulana doesn’t look like something you’d typically wear on the beach, it does have tropical elements. The insole features an etched pineapple while the outsole uses Hawaiian prints for its tread pattern.

Construction. The Kilana features a slip-on silhouette. However, unlike other slip-on OluKais, it doesn’t have gore panels. The difference is that the instep portion is not fully connected to the quarters, allowing it to move when the foot slides in or out.

Nice to know

  • Kulana means quality. Which is embodied by the use of premium materials to exude a sophisticated vibe.
  • The Makau fish hook logo is seen on the instep, the outsole, and the back panel.

Facts / Specs

Arch support: Stability
Use: All-day wear, City
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Leather upper
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
BRAND Brand: OluKai
Surface: Concrete

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