Who should buy the OluKai Nohea Moku

  • You are after a shoe that bites rocky, grassy, and boat surfaces well.
  • You are looking for a fashioned-forward sneaker that matches well with both business-casual and beach attire. 
  • A shoe that could soothe foot and ankle pains is what you prefer. 

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Who should not buy the OluKai Nohea Moku

Narrow-footed wearers might find the Olukai Nohea Moku's spacious toe area bothersome as it could cause their feet to slide forward. It is also not for individuals looking for a shoe with quick-dry ability. They are better off with the Olukai Lae Ahi.

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Profile of the OluKai Nohea Moku

The OluKai Nohea Moku is crafted for stylish people with adventure ingrained at their core. This pair of slip-on walking shoes are designed to make it easy for wearers to slip in and out of. it. The elastic laces allow for ease of wearing, regardless of whether the back panel is collapsed or not. It's a boat shoe, but its smart style also enables it to fit in the office setting.

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The Nohea Moku is a casual pair of walking shoes intended to protect and keep the feet comfortable no matter where you go. The style can quickly transform from a business casual look to boat-wear in a matter of seconds. Its grippy outsole helps traverse grassy and rocky terrains, as well as walking on the smooth and wet floor of boats.

On top of that, this walking shoe with mesh upper has drainage ports that help clear out the water in case it gets wet while fishing or walking on the beach. You don’t have to go home with wet, soggy feet.

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Traction. The OluKai Nohea Moku utilizes an all-weather rubber. It features razor siping that aids in providing grip, especially on smooth, wet floors like those on boats.

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The rubber is also non-marking, so no ugly marks will be left on boat decks. The unique tread pattern also helps with overall traction on various surfaces.

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Shock absorption. The Nohea Moku employs a dual-density polyurethane (PU) midsole. The anatomical shape of this layer delivers better underfoot coverage and support.

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Comfort. The insole features a gel element in the arch section. It improves walking comfort. The footbed is covered with a quick-drying fabric that also aids in moisture-wicking.

Those who need more arch support can replace the removable insert with custom orthotics. The insole can also be washed if it gets too dirty or even stinky.

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Protection. The OluKai Nohea Moku has a stretch bootie construction. The top is made of mesh that is lightweight, stretchy, and breathable.

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Water-friendly. Because of the upper material, this model is marketed as nautical shoes or footwear that can be worn for water activities. It has drainage ports that aid in water removal. The mesh top is also designed to dry fast.

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Wearability. The Nohea Moku uses elastic, no-tie laces to securely lock the foot inside. It stretched when the foot slips in or out, but goes back to its unstretched state immediately for lockdown.

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Unique design. This OluKai walking shoe uses the brand’s patented Drop-in Heel design. The back panel is constructed to easily fold down to transform the trainer into a slider. This quick change in style makes for an even faster on-and-off experience. The collapsible heel also helps drain water more quickly.

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Nice to know about the OluKai Nohea Moku

  • Nohea Moku translates to 'handsome', which fits the good-looking style of this footwear. And the market it is directed at.
  • The Polynesian roots of OluKai are heavily portrayed in this walking trainer. The Makau fish hook logo and the Hawaiian patterns are used on the outsole.

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OluKai Nohea Moku vs. Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua

The Nohea Moku may be used for a lot of activities, but not for full-on water sports. If you are looking for a robust trainer that can do well on uneven terrain and even in the water, check out the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua:

  • Its full-length rubber outsole has multiple drainage ports that facilitate water removal.
  • Its top is created from a breathable and quick-drying fabric that also delivers a sock-like coverage.
  • Like the Nohea Moku, the FiveFingers V-Aqua sports a slip-on style, but the fit can be adjusted using the midfoot and heel straps.
  • The insole in this walking footgear also has holes to aid in water draining.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 397g
Arch support: Stability
Use: Travel, City
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Mesh
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Collapsible heel / Cushioned

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