When looking for the kids fashions in shoes, comfort is top priority. I love when we discover shoes that are both stylish, comfortable, and super functional like the kids shoe line from Olukai. As long-time Olukai fans ourselves, we were thrilled to discover just how many amazing styles they have for kids too.
Almost a decade ago, I had a business meeting in a Southern California mall. After that meeting, I promptly walked into a flip flop store (Yes. They have those in SoCal.) and asked for the most comfortable pair they had so I could quickly get out of my dress shoes. They had me try on a full-grain leather pair of Olukai’s.
At the time, I had no idea how life changing that experience would be. Instantly the days of buying just any flip flops were gone as I absolutely fell in love with the anatomically-designed footbed of Olukai flip flops.
I knew were the most comfortable shoes in my closet (and still are) and yes, those flip flops have even been worn to business meetings (although I have since found out that Olukai also has shoes that are probably better suited for that).
Olukai Shoes for Kids
Now it is time to share the Olukai experience with my kids. They have an entire line of kids shoes. It not only includes my beloved flip flops but also slip on and lace-up shoes that are perfectly suited for wearing to school (They can even be worn without socks for those early morning “I can’t find any socks!” experiences. How perfect is that?).
As a parent, I am sure that you have seen your kids shoes step on the backs of the heels. Olukai designed their shoes to be stepped on with their versatile DROP-IN HEEL® so they always look nice.
Kids can step on the back and make them an easy slip on for taking out the trash (Wishful thinking. Right?) but then pop up the heel when they want to go ride their bike. My kids love this!
I love how many different styles they have for kids to choose from and each one is stylish and functional.
Olukai shoes come in many different materials including leather and canvas. Many are even waterproof. My sons’ favorite is the mesh. It’s cool, looks great and I like that it does a great job of keeping my kids’ shoes from stinking. In the event they need to be cleaned though, all Olukai shoes have a removable footbed that can easily be washed.
NOHEA LOLE GIRLS
My daughter choose a pair of Nohea Lole shoes to start the school year with. The name means “pretty” and it’s a perfect fit!
The quality on these is really fantastic and I suspect these will last her for the entire school year (if she doesn’t outgrow them first). The design is really versatile so she can wear them with just about any of her back to school outfits and I love that they work as slip on shoes or can have the heel pulled up so she can run in them too.
NOHEA MESH BOYS
The mesh gives them a bit of flexibility too so they are really easy to put on even with the heel up — important when you are dealing with cranky kids in the morning.
My middle son wanted more of a sneaker looking shoe so he chose the Nohea Moku. I was pretty shocked and excited to realize that even though it looks like a lace up, it is actually a slip on and does not need to be tied. The laces are elastic and just for looks. I love the look of these and love the fact that they are so versatile. You really can dress these up or use them as casual shoes.
One important item of note, while the children’s sizes seem pretty true to size, the adult sizes seem to run a bit on the large side. This isn’t a big deal if they wear the DROP-IN HEEL® in the “up” position but if they are too large, they will slip off easily with the DROP-IN HEEL® in the “stepped on” position.
My kids love the Olukai kids line and I’m such a huge fan of the Drop-in Heel design that it even has me considering trading in my flip flops.
You can find Olukai for Kids at Nordstrom and other retailers.