Profile of the OluKai Pehuea Li

Who is it for? This pair of lace-up walking shoes is directed at ladies who want their feet to feel more securely locked down during their adventures. The upside is, once its time to relax, they can simply fold the back down, so it is easy to slip on or off.

What is it for? The sporty style of the Pehuea Li is suitable for use in the city, beach, mountain, and even on boats. It is constructed with a lightweight top to make walks more pleasurable to the wearer.


Traction. A rubber compound makes up the bottom of the Pehuea Li. It features a Polynesian-inspired artwork for its tread pattern, which enhances traction. The outsole is also non-marking, so scuff marks won’t be left on polished indoor floors.


Comfort. Inside this OluKai walking shoe is a dual-density polyurethane (PU) footbed. It provides an extra layer of shock absorption. It is shaped to follow the contours of the underfoot to provide reliable support and coverage.

The top is protected by a single layer of mesh. It is adorned with a fern pattern that has been digitally printed. The insert can easily be replaced with custom orthotics. It is also washable, so you can maintain proper foot hygiene.


Coverage. A two-toned mesh is used for the top of the OluKai Pehuea Li. This fabric promotes aeration of the foot chamber, so your feet won’t get hot during your walks. If you get your shoes wet, the breathability of the mesh helps dry it faster.

The back panel is made with synthetic suede. It lays flat when it is folded and retains its shape in its upright position. Leather trimming reinforces the seams and amplifies the aesthetics o the footwear.

Lockdown. A traditional lace-up closure adorns the midfoot of this walking trainer. It allows wearers to tighten the fit if needed.

Though it is not a slip-on walking shoe, the Drop-In Heel allows owners to turn it into a slider. Simply fold the back for quick-wear functionality and flip it back up if you need more heel security.

Nice to know

  • According to OluKai, Pehuea translates to a 'rising wind', while Li means lace.
  • Fern leaves decorate the insole of this trainer.
  • The brand logo, the Makau fish hook, is visible on the outsole, insert, back panel, and the leather tab on the instep.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 283g
Arch support: Stability
Base model: OluKai Pehuea
Use: All-day wear, Travel
Closure: Lace-up
Material: Mesh upper
Features: Orthotic friendly / Lightweight / Removable insole / Collapsible heel

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