Crisp weather brings so many happy things to the season, and nothing feels better after a long day of adventuring in the snow, than a warm pair of cozy boots. That’s why we decided to test a pair of Women’s Ola Hou from OluKai.
- Made with Hand-sewen Nubuck Leather
- Non-marking Rubber Outsole
- Lined with Genuine Sheepskin Shearling
- Footbed Insert is Removable and Washable
- Retail $140 USD
It’s no secret to those who know me, that I’d rather collect puffy winter coats than have a closet full of shoes, however, the OluKai Ola Hou boots–Ola Hou means: to restore health–have certainly softened my position. As with other OluKai shoes the company has been gracious enough to send me, it’s immediately apparent that the boots are made with high quality materials—the hand-sewn Nubuck Leather is supple and immediately comfortable. The boots feel like a pair of cozy moccasins, with their genuine sheepskin shearling lining, and wool blend footbed cover. The experience is more like a pair of magnificent slippers, than boots. Continuing in the spirit of comfort, the boots are blessed with a dual-density anatomical PU footbed and a flexible, non-marking sole. The sole has been buffed with a slight texture, and is a bit thinner than I would have preferred. While the thinner, more flexible profile is a large contributor to the comfort of the Ola Hou boot, it will limit how often I will wear them—in fear of them wearing out too soon.
The waunderlust, boho style of the Ola Hou boot is right on point for the 2017 season. Without dipping itself into current, overworked mainstream trends, the boot is understated enough to last more than a few seasons to come. Hopefully, we will see this classic style stick around OluKai for a while. The boot is available in three colors, and full women’s sizes 5-11.
The OluKai Ola Hou is an excellent choice for your after-winter-adventure recovery, and an excellent choice for gift-giving this holiday. The boots are incredibly comfortable and soft to wear, and will be waiting for me after all my snowy adventures this winter. My one and only complaint, is the thickness of the sole. I love them so much, I wish it was slightly thicker, so I might extend their use just a bit longer. However, even with that preference, as with other OluKai products we’ve tested, they’re still well worth the money!