So what if you’re not out all the time getting rad in your flip flops? What if you want a not-piece-of-crap flip that also looks good with a pair of jeans and a collared shirt? It’s not an unreasonable question, so I went on a search several months ago to try to answer that question. And here are my current top-two favorite answers to that question…
OluKai Holona, size 10
Blister’s Measured Weight per Flip: 248 & 256 grams
- Outsole: Non-marking rubber outsole with coral reef lug design for added grip
- Footbed: Anatomical compression-molded EVA midsole with full-grain high-character leather drop-in footbed.
Days Worn: ~30
I love these. The Holona are low-profile flips that look fantastic. (FWIW, I’m a big fan of the Mustang / Dark Java colorway.) Critics of these will say that their low-profile design looks too much like a bath slipper (I’d disagree completely), and like the Chaco Flip, those who prefer the feel of a firmer platform will be most interested in the Holona. They look great with jeans, shorts … and even ski pants:
I’m not subjecting these to the same stuff that I run the Chaco Flip through, but these have replaced my Flips as my everyday flip flop.
OluKai Kupuna, size 10
Blister’s Measured Weight per Flip: 247 & 249 grams
• Anatomical compression-molded EVA midsole with full-grain high-character leather drop-in footbed
Days Worn: ~20
These are very literally a dressier-looking version of the OluKai Kia’i or ‘Ohana. Aside from their leather appearance, the biggest difference is the feel of the drop-in footbed. Out of the box, that footbed doesn’t feel quite as cushy as the Kia’i or ‘Ohana, but I expect it to soften up a bit and mold nicely to the shape of your foot over time.
In terms of durability, I see nothing so far about the Kupuna that leads me to think that it will be any less durable than the Kia’i. You’re getting a dressier, slightly less cushioned Kia’i.
NEXT: Recap: Which Should You Get?