The men’s Hokulea slipper is perfect for the fisherman in your life. The shoe comes in a variety of fish-inspired designs. Plain black is reminiscent of waking up before sunrise to get your fishing gear ready. The navy design is inspired by the deep hues of the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. The Mahi design is stitched with very detailed depictions of the Hawaiian fish on the tubular nylon strap. This same attention to detail is made in the Ahi design, in which Ahi swim on the tough, unbreakable strap. And for the patriotic man, there’s a flag design to show that courageous American spirit.
The Hokulea slippers are made with a slightly textured sole that helps the feet to grip to the shoe.
This means that when you’re sport fishing out on the open ocean with huge Hawaiian waves crashing on the deck, you can have a singular focus, and not be distracted about losing your shoes to the open maw of the sea.
The sole is made in two parts for double the comfort and durability. The top sole, called the insole, is made from textured rubalon. Rubalon is a mix of EVA foam (a cushy synthetic polymer) and 100% pure, natural rubber. Rubalon helps you to reap the benefits of both these materials, as the EVA foam makes the sole soft and squishy while the rubber makes it tough and durable.
The insole has also been molded for extra support and fit. There is a molded arch and heel cup, mimicking the natural rise and fall of the foot. When you step into these sandals, the arch will fit naturally and the heel cup will ground your foot in the back while the nylon strap stabilizes in the front.
The outsole, or bottom sole, is made from white non-marking rubber. That means when you’re wheeling and juking on the deck of your fishing boat, you’re not going to leave unsightly black streaks everywhere you turn. The rubber also absorbs shock and vibrations, steadying you when you’re rocked and jolted on deck.
The strap on the Hokulea sandals isn’t just decorated with intricate designs. It’s also built to last. Nylon is a synthetic material known for its flexibility, toughness, and quick-drying features. The Hokulea straps are made from tubular nylon, meaning that two of these tough straps are stitched together, doubling their strength.
To get a sense of how strong tubular nylon is, some climbing ropes are made from this material.
To showcase the strength and Hawaiian roots of the shoe, it was named after a replica of an ancient Polynesian double-hulled canoe. Polynesian voyagers used to navigate the seas using the stars and other techniques, and today the Polynesian Voyaging Society keeps the Hokulea for long trips using the same Polynesian navigation techniques that were used centuries ago.
While those traditional navigation methods are no longer the norm, you can put on the Hokulea slippers and feel the power of fishermen and seafarers of old while you hit the same seas that they used to sail.
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What is Polyurethane Leather? Benefits of PU Made Sandals
You’re looking for a shoe that is smooth and durable, and feels great on your feet. Perhaps a shoe coated in Polyurethane, abbreviated as PU, is for you. But what exactly is PU?
Polyurethane is a polymer, or synthetic resin. PU is desirable because of its strength, durability, water resistance, and because it generally dries as a transparent, taking on whatever color it is dipped in or whatever it’s brushed on. It also tends to be scratch-resistant.
But, you may be wondering, what does this varnishing material have to do with shoes?
PU is most commonly connected in the shoe world to PU leather. PU leather is split leather, or an animal hide that has been split into thinner sheets than top-grain leather is, and then dipped into the PU resin to create a thicker, water-resistant, and more durable material. This PU leather is what is generally seen on shoes, although regular PU may be brushed onto a rubber or EVA surface to make it tougher, or PU may be molded into plastic sheets to be used on the outsoles of shoes, especially running shoes and sandals.
Although PU leather generally has a hide base, it is categorized as a synthetic because it has been altered by the polyurethane. Some PU leathers, called vegan leathers, do not have any animal hide products at all, but instead are made of fabric brushed with polyurethane made to look like genuine leather.
There are some definite upsides that PU leathers have that top-grain leathers do not. First of all is the cost. Genuine top-grain animal-hide leather can be prohibitively expensive because of the amount of labor and time it takes to complete the finished product. Using PU leather maintains the look and feel of leather while keeping costs down.
Secondly, because of the PU varnish, polyurethane leather is more waterproof than top-grain leather, which is perfect for sandals, flip flops, slides, or other shoes that might be brought on adventures that involve water.
It’s also lighter than genuine leather. Think of a 100% leather boot. It’s usually tough and very heavy. For a sportier shoe, there’s a great advantage to having PU leather, and that’s the weight (or rather, lack thereof). PU leather is very light, so when a sandal or other shoe is made with PU leather, it’ll be easier to walk in, travel with, and hop into when you need to get moving quickly.
PU leather looks and feels great on shoes, but many other products take advantage of PU leather. For example, wallets and purses often use PU leather, as do office chairs and other office supplies, backpacks, journal covers, and low-cost car interiors.
Still, PU leather arguably looks and feels best on footwear, as it is one of the only products in which the PU leather, which feels like top-grain leather, comes into contact with your skin. PU leather takes the stress off, because you can rest assured that you didn’t have to pay an exorbitant amount for it, and because you can clean it with water---something that simply isn’t an option for top-grain hide. Because it is water-safe, you can take the caution you’d normally have to take with leather and throw it to the wind. Want to head to the beach with your PU leather sandals? Go for it! The polyurethane can take it.
Make sure to check out the sandals available with PU leather options on AlohaShoes.com to get a sense of what PU leather looks like on sandals and slippers. Chances are you won’t be disappointed, and the price point for these products can’t be beat.