• Michael Chebatoris

Review: OluKai Kipuka Hulu Slippers


OluKai Kipuka Hulu Slippers, paddlexaminer, michael chebatoris, paddling, footwear

Your feet work hard all day, whether it’s paddling in the ocean or downriver, working in the yard or working from home; wouldn’t it be nice to treat them to a little TLC? OluKai - best known for their sandals, has created a pair of slippers to treat your feet right, the OluKai Kipuka Hulu Slippers.


The Kipuka Hulu Slippers, pronounced (key-pooh-kah hoo-loo) translates to calm place in high seas, are made with premium nubuck leather to give them a sturdy and rugged look. The inside of the slippers are coated with soft shearling for a plush and comfy feel. The wool-blend footbed is dual-density with a gel insert. The footbed is removable so you can wash it in the washing machine. The Drop-in Heel® design provides shoe and slide on function for the slipper, so if you are in a hurry just slip them on.


Our take


We have been using the Kipuka Hulu slippers as our standard work from home footwear. As soon as you put them on, you feel how soft and comfy the slippers are. The reinforced outsole gives you the same support as regular shoes, but much more comfortable. OluKai has pronounced arches in their footwear compared to other brands which helps keep your foot in its natural shape.


Wearing the slippers everyday, the footbeds need to be washed from time-to-time.


Pro tip - we recommend throwing the footbeds in the wash every two weeks to minimize any build-up of grime, dirt or other nasties.

The solid construction of the slippers makes them perfectly fine to wear them beyond the house. I often wear them on afternoon walks around the neighborhood. Once paddle season kicks into gear, these slippers will be perfect for relaxing after a downriver SUP trip or two!


The Kipuka Hulu come in three color options:

  • Toffee

  • Black

  • Charcoal

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