Monday, October 21, 2013

OLUKAI-Men's/Women's Resort 2013/Shaved Ice collection Spring 2014


Shaved Ice Collection of classic thong sandals-the Kulapa Kai (to frolic in the Ocean) and a new style 'Ohana(family) elegant flip flops w/ water tough synthetic textured or nubuck leather  uppers-in tropical colors with ultra soft, quick drying jersey knit lining+neoprene backer, soft nylon toe post+a laser etched footbed design or logo. Men get 'Ohana style too-darker hues but still bold fun tones. $65
Outdoor Retailer/SLC

FIT BY NATURE, CRAFTED BY HAND

Ocean Heritage-Modern Performance-New Leather Sandal Styles

Luxury leather flip-flop sandals----yes, they exist. And priced at a premium relatively speaking, OluKai's take on this casual style -toward the water and other selections toward the land---can often be found retailing at high end fashion boutiques---  as well as securing spots on athletic/outdoor store shelves...

OluKai also stands for performance attributes -built into every pair (anatomical compression molded EVA midsole, comfortable footbeds that support arches and minimize heel movements with natural shock absorption-aka the Wet Sand Principle of bare feet slowing sinking into wet sand- fully supported, non-marking rubber or gum rubber outsoles that grip or primo leather with rubber pods) ...as well as refined silhouettes (imo) made for land/sea/beach.

For S/S 2014 there were many new styles featuring heirloom inspired details, artisan accents, and old world craftsmanship that reflects the brand's island culture-Hawaiian heritage.

Some New Style Highlights...


Ulana (to weave) multi elastic gore woven backet weave inspired by Luahala-the leaves of the Hala tree-like a  fisherman sandals-anchored together w/ smooth full grain leather, lined with soft synthetic leather.
Women's ...



Hikina (East) vegetable tanned leather lined w/ pig skin, accented with leather laces, coconut shells, and hand stitching-laser cut design upper, vegetable tanned leather and latex foam sheet footbed for comfort















hard leather outsole w/ textured forefoot heel rubber pods for durability+traction 



















Komohana(West) vegetable tanned leather upper lined w/ pig skin, footbed pig skin w/ latex foam sheet under foot for comfort, hand stitched details in ginger-leather laces, coconut shell details
ginger tan and oardinal red





Hema (South) vegetable tanned leather lined w/ pig skin upper, laser cut designs, hand stitching details,  w/  vegetable tanned leather and latex foam sheet footbed for comfort


Paniolo Hibiscus (Hawaiian Cowgirl)-beautiful premium full grain rather w/ detailed design work of Hibiscus flower-inspired by native Paniolo saddles, lined with soft synthetic leather, hand sewn leather post, hand stained FABULOUS




Pahili Hibiscus (to braid) -with premium full grain leather upper-toe loop-
w/ detailed design work of Hibiscus flower-inspired by native Paniolo saddles, lined with soft synthetic leather, hand stained-in brown, amber and red
Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowgirl)- classic OluKai style-saddle inspired stitch premium full grain leather upper lined w/ soft synthetic lining


Kia'i  (guard) Trainer II-built for the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association-for jaunts from wet sand to lava filled trails-quick drying textile upper w/ heavy weight, reinforced nylon overlays to secure foot, molded toe cap, dual density, anatomically contoured  footbed w/ Activfit contour, Hydrophobic water friendly, can be removed/washed, sticky rubber outsole w/ patterns follows natural foot motion strike
Men's
Kamiki (quick, active speed), 7.3oz lightweight performance-a nimble kick-
quick drying textile upper w/ heavy weight, reinforced nylon overlays to secure foot, molded toe cap, dual density, anatomically contoured  footbed w/ Activfit contour, Hydrophobic water friendly, can be removed/washed, sticky rubber outsole w/ patterns follows natural foot motion strike









Terrain tested, Hawaiian lifeguard approved-Kia'i III (guard) water resistant synthetic leather strap w/ soft, quick dring Lycra™ knt lining +neoprene backer, soft nylon toe post webbing, welded HLA + island chain detail, laser etched HLA footbed logo-where of portion of proceeds go...
Holomua (to make progress)



non marking sticky rubber outsole pods co-molded w/ a lightweight compression EVA midsole---molded siping for grip
Holomua-new style with adjustable web strapping-soft neoprene base, water resistant rubber strap anchors w/micro hook-loop closure, aluminum adjustment closure, soft nylon post,  welded HLA + island chain detail, laser etched HLA footbed logo-where of portion of proceeds go..



Nohea (handsome) mesh-versatile Drop-In Heel™ breathable mesh upper, EverFit long lasting anatomical footbed w/ Dri-Lex® moisture wicking cover, elastic gore panels customize fit, outsoles all weather rubber


Honolulu Slip Mesh -edged sophistication-slip-on with breathable mesh upper,  versatile Drop-In Heel™ breathable mesh upper, EverFit long lasting anatomical footbed w/ Dri-Lex® moisture wicking cover, hand sewn seam stitching and  elastic gore panels customize fit


outsoles-durable non-marking w/ Polynesian Moko art influenced tread design. Nice.


lace-up take on the above slip-on Honolulu Lace Mesh- with custom sublimated footbed artwork by Hawaiian artist Emma Howard-w/ shoe lace color options.



Honolulu Lace Mesh


Honolulu Lace-leather


low profile Honolulu lace -up natural weatehr resistant lightly waxed, full grain leather upper. Matte surface finish, medium pull-up-unique brogueing perforation detail, heel_toe burnishing and antique rivets
women's - Drop-In Heel™ options-Hohea Canvas Print (pretty) breathable natural cotton canvas upper-designed by artist Emma Howard-of Maui of Cultural Lands' florals...breathable mesh upper, EverFit long lasting anatomical footbed w/ embossed leather heel patch, outsoles all weather rubber


Hiapo (first born)-laser etched Polynesian tattoo art on premium full grain leather, hand sewn toe post, hand sewn whipstitching w/ heavy weight thread + embroidered logo-soft microfiber lining-model started it all...
Hiapo-color options
island inspired designs on outsoles-non marking ...



Kakahi (unique and outstanding)-premium 2 piece overlappping full grain leather upper-w/ soft brushed moisture wicking lining, hand sewn toe post, laser etched footbed artwork _embroidered details
'Ohana Leather (family) classic look-full grain leather character leather upper w/ jersey knit lining + neoprene backer, soft nylon post webbing, laser etched logo + embroidered detail, Supports the 'Ohana Giveback Program




More Women's  ....
Kaula Lio (reins)-saddle inspired premium full grain leather upper-lined w/ soft synthetic leather, hand sewn leather post construction, double row saddle inspired micro-stitching +  a cast metal hook design.  




love these-Noho Lio (saddle) full grain leather distressed leather upper w/ laser cut-outs, lined w/ soft synthetic leather, anatomically molded dual density PU midsole, for flex+superior stability-canvas wrapped + EVA padded for comfort


all day wedges...


women's-Kamiki trainer (quick, active sped) -Hawaiian Lifeguard Association tested,6.8 o lightweight running shoe-quick drying textile upper w/ reinforced nylon overlays to secure foot, molded toe cap, dual density, anatomically contoured  footbed w/ Activfit contour, Hydrophobic water friendly, can be removed/washed, sticky rubber outsole w/ patterns follows natural foot motion strike, 
Pcific blue/bight sky and Chilli pepper/sunshine





translation board

DESIGN FUN FACTOID- The Makau, or bone hook,
is the traditional Polynesian
symbol worn for strength,
good luck, and safe passage
over water
.


OLUKAI

Sandals $ ranges = $65-$150