How to Choose the Perfect Water-Friendly Sandals for Your Summer Activities

Looking for the best water-friendly sandals for walking on the beach? What about stylish sandals for lounging by the pool? Or how about for those land-to-sea adventures like hiking and fishing? When summer’s calling your name, OluKai has the answer: a range of comfortable, durable, stylish, and supportive water-friendly sandals sure to become your new go-to's.


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Regular vs. Water-Friendly Sandals


Before we share our top picks for each summer activity on your agenda, let’s break down the difference between regular and water-friendly sandals. You’ll want to look for a few important features before you buy. Start with a solid level of comfort and cushioning that makes long beach walks and mellow hikes a breeze. Then think style – because when you pick a water-friendly sandal that looks good too, you can go from the water’s edge to lunch in town with ease.



How to Choose the Perfect Water-Friendly Sandals for Your Summer Activities


The OluKai Water-Friendly Sandals Guide


Now that you know what to look out for, let’s step into some water sandal recommendations for her and him. No matter what you’ve got planned this season, we’ve got you covered.


Best Beach Sandals | ‘Ohana & Hila


For sand, surf, and rocky shoreline, these water-friendly sandals can handle it all. With 'Ohana for him, enjoy a smooth drop-in footbed for the perfect anatomical fit as you move. And with Hila for her, the puffy rolled straps hug your feet just right. Equally as important, both pairs offer amazing traction--something you’ll appreciate when walking across uneven beach surfaces. These styles make great river sandals too!


Best Dinner-Date Sandals | Tuahine & Waiau


For those water-adjacent summer plans, you need sandals with an elevated sense of style. That’s when we recommended the waterproof leather and all-day style of Tuahine for him. And for her, the Waiau is the perfect combo of dressed-up yet comfortable. Take a stroll down the boardwalk then grab dinner while the sun dips below the sea--without needing a footwear swap.



How to Choose the Perfect Water-Friendly Sandals for Your Summer Activities


Best Boating & Fishing Sandals | Ulele & Ho‘ōpio


When moving around the deck of a boat, there’s no time to be worrying about your footwear. That’s why we love the Ulele for him, with an enhanced traction footbed and outsole, these water-friendly sandals are as supportive as they are versatile. And for her, we reach for the Ho‘ōpio sandals, with a quick-drying and comfortable design. They keep things simple on the sea.


Best Pool-Day Sandals | Kōko‘o & Puawe


Non-slip sandals are critical for those pool days. And these two lightweight pairs are perfect for that and more. The quick-drying Kōko‘o for him shakes dry in a snap and offers good traction for wet feet. While the Puawe for her also offers amazing traction, comfort, and a versatile look for any post-pool plans.



How to Choose the Perfect Water-Friendly Sandals for Your Summer Activities


Best Sandals for Waterfall Hiking | Kūkulu & ‘Ohana


Waterfall hikes are always rewarding, but they require sandals that can really handle it all. Thankfully, these two picks do just that. The Kūkulu for him is made with flexible materials for easy movement, offers amazing traction, and is comfortable all the way back to the trail head. And the bestselling waterproof ‘Ohana sandals for her have the perfect anatomical footbed design to keep you comfortable and secure while moving over wet surfaces.


These are just a few of our favorite water-ready, summer-ready sandals. Want to check out the full collection? Click below to get started.


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