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Change is not always a good thing...
on June 18, 2015
I owned a pair of Olukai's I bought at REI a couple of years ago. I absolutely loved them. They are great "dress up" sandals for more formal events where you want to go causally. With that said, this replacement pair I bought I am not as thrilled with. They now have a redesigned top-strap that is stiffer, has two metal rivets, and made my feet sore for the first few days I wore them b/c they pressed too hard on the top of my feet. they are fine now, but I can not tell if the leather has become more pliable or my feet just got used to them. Had I tried them on in the store, I would have not bought them b/c of this.
Also - I do no not know if they started using a different leather from a year or two ago, but the sandals themselves are showing wear already and I've only had them a few weeks. My original pair lasted a really long time.
But the final killer for me as a negative is that they are made in China. So in the end, we are paying $120 in this case (or $180 for their latest model) for a sandal that is made for a small amount. I had assumed with the high price, styling, the marketing hype of Hawaii-oriented (or at least Polynesia) and their emphasis on Italian leather, that they would be made in the USA. I will not buy this brand again. Too bad. I *really* liked the first pair I bought.