Profile of the OluKai Pehuea

Who is it for? The OluKa Pehuea is designed for women looking for walking shoes that pair well with their smart casual attire. Its slip-on style makes it possible to be in and out of the footwear in a matter of seconds. Meanwhile, the overall construction provides wearers with a comfortable footgear, no matter the occasion.

What is it for? The Pehuea is crafted with materials that make long periods of walking or standing much more bearable. It can be worn to work, for running errands, traveling, going to the beach, or just lounging around in your favorite spot.

Its lightweight and breathable top ensures that the foot remains cool even during hot days. As for the underfoot cushioning, it provides wearers with ample protection against impact.


Traction. The OluKai Pehuea is equipped with a rubber outsole. It provides grip on various surfaces, and the intricate Polynesian pattern enhances it. The compound is also non-marking, so you can be sure that no unsightly streaks will be left on polished floors when you traverse them.


Shock absorption. The midsole of the OluKai Pehuea employs a dual-density polyurethane (PU) compound. It is firm in the heel section while retaining flexibility at the forefoot for smooth toe-offs. It is anatomically contoured to deliver proper underfoot coverage and support.

Comfort. The removable insole of this OluKai walking shoe is lined with a moisture-wicking microfiber cloth that keeps the foot fresh. If the insert lacks support, you can replace it with a custom orthotic. The insole is also washable, so you don’t have to worry about it becoming too dirty or developing a foul odor.


Coverage. The top of the OluKai Pehuea is constructed using two elements. Mesh is used at the front portion of the walking shoe. The fabric allows air to cool the interior to prevent hot and sweaty feet.

Meanwhile, the quarters and the back panel are crafted from synthetic PU. This material retains its shape to provide heel lockdown.

Versatile look. The Pehuea also sports the brand’s Drop-In Heel design. The heel panel is easily be folded in, transforming the look in one quick motion. Its collapsible construction makes it easier for people with mobility issues to remain stylish without having to exert too much effort in putting or taking this pair off.

Lockdown. The OluKai Pehuea lacks laces or straps, but the dual goring that connects the vamp to the sides secures the fit. The elastic parts allow it to stretch as the foot slides in or out but returns to its original form quickly.

The gores are reinforced with a leather patch. A debossed logo decorates the surface of the leather piece.

Nice to know

  • Pehuea translates to a 'rising wind'. Though you may not feel like you’ll be flying while wearing this pair of OluKai walking shoes, its use if a breathable top keeps you fresh all day.
  • The outsole of this model features a Polynesian tread pattern. The Moku fish hook logo is also placed on various parts of the shoe, reminding wearers of the serene island life.

OluKai Pehuea vs. Skechers Ultra Flex - First Take

The Vans-like sole construction of the Peheua may not seem too appealing to everyone. If you want a bit more underfoot cushioning, check out the Skechers Ultra Flex - First Take. This model also uses a soft mesh top that facilitates breathability and comfort. It employs a thick cushioning foam that doubles as the outsole. It also has an Air-Cooled Memory Foam that enhances shock absorption and overall breathability.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 369g
Arch support: Stability
Use: All-day wear, Travel, City
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Mesh upper
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Collapsible heel
BRAND Brand: OluKai

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