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Grab Some Great Warm Weather Bargains!

With Summer not officially kicking off until the 21st of June, there’s still a little way to go before the weather permits us to slip on our board shorts and take to the beach, but with
sunshine said to be on the horizon, it’s never too early to stock up on a few summertime essentials. Universal Textiles has everything you need to make sure that you and your loved ones take advantage of any warm weather that comes our way.

Even though we Brits are always keen to welcome the sun back after months of dull, grey winter weather, keeping cool soon becomes our immediate priority. With that in mind, designs like this Womens Diamond Pattern Summer Dress are a great way of balancing style with practicality throughout periods of hot weather. Made with 100% cotton, the dress flows freely and leaves your arms and shoulders open to the air, helping you soak up the sun without overheating in the process.

For men looking to beat the heat this year, these Brave Soul Over The Knee Cargo Shorts are perfect for getting out and about whether you’re taking to grill for an early barbecue or simply lounging in the garden. Their 100% cotton build means that you’re guaranteed comfort and softness, and with a total of five pockets, there’s plenty of room for your phone, wallet and keys. Try pairing these with this Front Row Mens Denim Shirt for the perfect sun-ready outfit.

It goes without saying that kids should always make the most of warmer weather whenever the opportunity presents itself, and in the likely event that they’ve already outgrown last years’ sun-friendly garments, these Brave Soul Denim Shorts are perfect for kids embarking on outdoor adventures. With its cute, Hawaiian flower pattern and strappy design, this Floral Pattern Dress is another great option for girly girls looking to have fun in the sun throughout the coming months.

By now we’re sure you’re more than ready to stow away your winter wellies and trade them in for something lighter and brighter. These Mirak Mens Yachtmaster Slip-On Shoes are a great casual and colourful choice, perfect for pairing with cargo or board shorts, and these comfortable Cotswold Summer Sandals are perfect for ladies looking to relax with friends at informal warm weather get-togethers.

Be sure to check out our full range of shirts, shorts and dresses at Universal-Textiles.com!

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How To Update Your Office Wardrobe

shoesFor some, the importance of dressing for the workplace can get lost during the hustle and bustle of the early morning rush, but in order to perform to the best of your ability you need to be comfortable both mentally and physically in the clothing you select. If you or your loved ones’ workwear wardrobe could do with a little updating, check out our selection of great quality shirts, ties, shoes and accessories below, perfect for any worker looking to be the envy of the office.

A crisp, clean Oxford shirt is a sure-fire way to make a good impression on your colleagues and superiors. This B&C Mens Long Sleeve Shirt is made from genuine Oxford fabric, and has a built-in Easycare finish to ensure that the product is protected against shrinking and creasing during washing and ironing. The female design makes use of the same technology, with both the collar and body also being tailored to be comfortable and flattering for women in the workplace.

Whether you prefer patterns or colours, skinny or standard or knotted or clip-on, a necktie can be a great way for men to inject a little of their own personality into an otherwise drab office uniform. This Premier Mens Coloured Business Tie is available in a choice of over twenty different block colours, with a shade to suit even the most discerning of workers, and it’s a steal with 25% currently slashed from the original retail price.

Perhaps one of the most vital aspects of a successful office wardrobe is your choice of footwear. Whether you’re attending meetings, delivering presentations or sprinting to catch the last train, sturdy and supportive shoes are essential. Crafted from real leather and incorporating soft internal padding, these Cotswold Mens Lace-Up Oxford Shoes are a great choice for the male worker looking to balance practicality with style.  Similarly, these Amblers Ladies Court Shoes boast a genuine leather build and a 1 ¼ inch heel, perfect for a busy day in the office.

Whether you’re looking after confidential papers or simply wanting to protect your shoesvaluables (not to mention your lunch) during the daily commute, a practical and smart-looking work bag can be invaluable. This Shugon Briefcase Bag boasts 11 litres of storage space, with its spacious inner compartment protected by both a zip fastener and a front-folding flap which can be clipped at the bottom for extra security. For those who need a little extra room, this Bagbase Portfolio Briefcase Bag has an extra 4 litres of storage, and comes in shades of blue, black and grey.

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Why Supportive Shoes Are Key To The Future Of Your Feet

massivefuckingfootIt’s an unfortunate reality that people often underestimate the dramatic effects that their choice of footwear can have not only their feet, but also on their balance and posture throughout the wider body. With younger consumers in particular being tempted by the cheaper designs offered by some of today’s high street retailers, arch support is rarely high on the average shopper’s list of priorities, with many placing style firmly over substance. But as the old adage goes, you only get what you pay for, and with cheap but poorly designed shoes having the potential to lead to back pain and skeletal misalignment, supportive footwear is something that you can’t afford to scrimp on.

Though you may not know it, there are 26 bones in each of your feet, all of them working together to provide your body with the support it needs to bear the brunt force of walking and sprinting across a variety of different terrains both natural and man-made. With each step you take, your feet are working as your own personal shock absorbers, supporting the weight of the rest of your body as you go about your day.

According to the New York Times, modern people spend roughly four hours a day on their feet, with the average pair supporting a force equivalent to several hundred tons each day. When footwear is carefully designed to support the natural shape of your feet, your bones are kept in their proper alignment, allowing them to effectively absorb the pounding that flat, inflexible surfaces such as concrete and wood throw at them.PRINT

But with some of today’s all-too-affordable footwear, corners have often been cut, with thin and unsuitable materials being used in the manufacturing process. As a result, feet fail to receive the support that they need, which can cause the entire skeletal structure to become misaligned as other areas of the body (such as your back, hips or knees) are forced into helping absorb the impact. The end result can be persistent pain in not only your feet, but also in the spine, lower back and beyond, as well as a negative knock-on effect on your posture and balance.

So what can be done? Placing greater importance on the build of your shoes is certainly the best place to start, with the thickness of the sole and shock absorption performance being two key criteria. Skechers and Birkenstock are two of many companies that specialise in supportive footwear, with their specially designed footbeds offering comfort and support without compromising on style. For those who want as much support as possible, arch supports are another product worth investing in. These springy insoles are crafted to slip into your shoes and support the natural arch of your feet by filling the unsupported area with a comfortable bubble, usually filled with a soft, thick gel.

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Essential Buys For Back To School

backpackIf you’re reading this message, congratulations, you’ve made it through the Easter half term. But if entertaining your family for the past two weeks kept you far too busy to plan ahead for the new school term, fear not! We’ve gathered together some of the latest and greatest deals from our range of excellent value children‘s clothing and accessories, with discounts of up to 41% applied to certain items. Happy shopping!

If there’s one thing that any parent will tell you, it’s that kids grow out of shoes almost as soon as they’re bought for them. With that in mind, these Mirak School Shoes are perfect for the new term ahead. Available in both boys and girls styles, their sturdy build and smart black finish make them the ideal footwear choice for kids as they take to the playground. Shoes for P.E. are sorted too, with these Mirak Unisex Plimsolls boasting elasticated gussets and a simple slip-on design for easy on-off access.

If you’re looking for an outer layer that’s perfect for adding warmth but also easy to adjust when conditions improve, this Jerzees Schoolgear Childrens Fleece Cardigan is the ideal solution. Available in a variety of colours including smart and school-friendly black, the button-down design makes it easy to pair with any school or polo shirt, perfect for slipping on as they head outside at lunchtime.awdis

With warmer weather on the horizon, summertime school-wear will soon be a must. This Just Cool Unisex Kids Plain Polo Shirt is made with innovative Neoteric fabric, designed to wick away sweat from the body for easy evaporation, making it the ideal choice to keep kids cool in school throughout the warmer months.

A durable rucksack is essential for keeping your kids belongings safe both to and from school and throughout the school-day itself. Available in a wide variety of colours, this Beechfield Junior Backpack is the perfect choice, and with 14 litres of storage space, there’s room for everything they need to get them through the day. Those looking for something to safely hold onto P.E. supplies are also in luck, with this Shugon Drawstring Tote Bag currently available for just £1.24 in our current sale.

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How To Banish Sweaty Feet For Good

feetFrom runners and athletes to busy workers under pressure; the problem of sweaty feet has plagued many over the years. It’s an oft forgotten fact that sweating is actually one of the ways in which our bodies cool down, and with 500,000 sweat glands housed in each pair, the average human foot produces around half a pint of sweat a day. But whilst perspiration in itself may be little more than an uncomfortable irritation, excess sweating can lead to a whole host of ailments including athletes foot and a variety of fungal infections, conditions which can sometimes require medical attention.

But what causes sweat? Although simple over-heating is the most obvious answer, there are many factors which can influence how much we perspire. Physical stress placed upon the body during exercise certainly makes an impact, but emotional stress can also bring about a similar reaction, with teenagers and pregnant women thought to be particularly susceptible on account of their often-unpredictable hormone fluctuations. Beyond this, Some people are thought to simply inherit the condition, with other experts pointing to diet and toxin levels as additional sources of the problem. glaglalogo

So what can be done? Whilst many have attempted to combat the problem, few have done as much as French company Glagla. Marketed as ‘The Lightweight Ventilated Shoe’, the Glagla footwear range does exactly what it claims to, offering feet a fresh supply of air through a combination of traditional mesh panels and innovative design mechanisms.

glagla1The bulk of the Glagla collection achieves this superior air circulation through a series of vent slots, carefully moulded into the sole of each shoe. With two on the heel, three across the ball and one in the centre, the slots are designed to draw in air as you move, pushing it throughout the interior of the shoe and out again as you step down. Through this patented system, Glagla shoes claim that they can keep your feet on average 6 degrees cooler than a standard shoe would, and discharge twice as much moisture from inside the shoe in the process.

With a product range that covers clogs, trainers and sports shoes for men, women and children, Glagla are the perfect choice for people looking to beat sweat whether it’s at work, at home or at the gym. What’s more, Glagla shoes are safe and easy to wash in your home washing machine, making them the perfect choice for people who want to keep both their shoes and their feet as clean and fresh as possible.

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Keep Your Kids Happy This Easter Half Term

As any child between the age of five and fifteen will tell you, the half-term break is fast approaching. Yes, you may have only just recovered from Christmas, but next week they’ll spill out of the school-gates and be ready to run wild once again. Here are our top buys to ensure your little ones make the most of their time off.

Although a seaside paddle may still be a few months off, a day out at the local pool is sure to entertain your brood (and hopefully wear them out nicely too!). With an elasticated, drawstring waist and in a choice of three colours, these Cargo Bay Boys Hawaiian Print Swimming Shorts are perfect for young swimmers looking to take to the water, and this vibrant Heart Prink Halterneck Swimming Costume is ideal for girls who want to stand out from the crowd.

Whilst spring may (finally) be rearing its head, there’s no guarantee that Mother Nature‘s going to give us an easy ride as we slide into summer. So, whilst you’re planning your next big adventure, slip these B&C Sirocco Lightweight Jackets into their backpacks. Designed with the K-Way system, they’re easy to fold into the small pouch attached to the jacket, making it the perfect answer to an unexpected rain shower. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Whatever your kids are passionate about, half-term is the perfect time to indulge their interests. If you’ve got a budding baker in the family, brighten up the kitchen (and protect their clothes!) with the Premier Kids Bib Apron. For the sportier youngster, these Lotto Spider Football Boots are sure to go down a treat, with a Velcro fastener and six removable studs making them ideal for the pitch. If your little ones are more interested in ballet than the ball, these Full Foot Silky Dance Tights will ensure they’re ready to take to the stage.

If the idea of entertaining your kids for a whole two weeks has already got you biting your nails then there’s no sense in waiting until half-term winds down to buy your back-to-school supplies. With a stylish black finish and Velcro straps for security, these Mirak school shoes are perfect for their return to the playground, and in both boys and girls styles there’s something for everyone. P.E. supplies are also sorted thanks to this kids Unisex Sport Polo Shirt and these Shadow Stripe Sports Shorts, and this smart Quadra Kids Backpack is perfect for keeping their belongings safe and sound during the hustle and bustle of the school run.

Be sure check out Universal Textiles‘ full children’s range for further inspiration!

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Choosing High Quality Workwear

Unfortunately it’s back to work with the New Year and if your steel toe caps have given up protecting your toes it’s probably time to invest in some new work wear. But don’t worry if you’re running slightly low on funds after Christmas, we’ve got plenty of bargains to keep you well equipped at work.

Practicality can often be slightly boring but these are not only great for keeping your feet safe with a steel toe cap and midsole, they’re also fur lined for extra comfort and warmth.

If you work indoors but still need protective footwear these are perfect for industrial office use, they’re smart and do a great job of disguising the fact that they’re steel capped.live streaming movie Modern Vampires 1998 online

Aside from footwear we’ve also got a huge range of High Visibility clothing, including everything from hats to overalls. This can be worn alone or under a helmet and is great for being 翻墙 seen on those grey and rainy days.  As well as the classic Hi-Vis vest, like this there’s lots of warmer options to keep you seen.  The is hooded, storm-proof and quilted for extra warmth.

For a good quality coverall, try these . Available in grey and navy and equipped with 7 functional pockets and an elasticated waist for comfort, they offer the best blend of style and practicality.

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Choosing Children’s Footwear

At Universal Textiles, newsletter subscribers will receive an extra 15% off our extensive range of footwear this week. Having discussed Men’s and Women’s footwear in recent posts, here we take a look at some of the Kid’s Footwear available to purchase from our online store.

These Hi-Tec Girls Trainers are a high quality pair of durable sports shoes. The sole has excellent grip, making it ideal for all sports surfaces both indoor and out. The lightweight and breathable mesh fabric of the shoe helps keep feet cool and comfortable, whilst the trainers have a stylish silver and pink design.

Perfect for indoor PE lessons and casual wearing, we have these Velcro Plimsolls from Mirak. The white plimsolls are suited to both boys and girls, with strong velcro fastening for a secure fit. The thick rubber soles offer durability and the shoes are easy to clean.

The Macadam Boys Leather Shoes are ideal for formal occasions and as school shoes. Featured is the Bournemouth design of Macadam’s collection, a slip-on leather shoe. Designed with stitching accents and a metal bar across the tongue, the shoe has a small heel for further definition.

Whether for cold winters at home or holidays in the snow, the Mirak Girls Warmlined Boots are great for staying warm. Just one item in our extensive collection of children’s winter wear, the warmlined boots are waterproof and have a synthetic shell offering protection. The adjustable pull tie at the top of the boots helps maintain heat whilst also preventing ice and snow entering the boot if required. Available in two colours, these shoes are a winter must have.

We stock several varieties of Dunlop Wellington Boots for adults and children including the Dunlop Kids Sports Wellington Boots. Made to the high standard one expects from Dunlop, these waterproof PVC wellingtons are durable and adorned with the Dunlop logo. Perfect for staying dry and warm in the wet and cold months, many of our customers trust Dunlop wellingtons throughout the year, join them by purchasing a pair today.

Finally, from our kid’s sportswear section we have these Mirak Velcro Moulded Football/Rugby Boots. The two touch velcro straps make the boots both secure and comfortable. The boots have man-made moulded soles which provide them with excellent grip regardless of the quality of playing surface. The boots have a stitching design and come in black and silver.

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Choosing Mens and Womens Flip Flops

Flip FlopsHoliday season is upon us, and regardless of your destination this summer we’re sure you’ll need to pack a quality pair of flip flops.

We offer a wide range of flip flops and with an extra 15% off the entire range to newsletter subscribers this week, you can stock up on your holiday essentials at great prices! Below is a taster of what we have to offer.

First up is a pair of ever popular male flip flops. These Mens Flip Flops with Canvas Strap are adorned with a fashionable beach scene design. Made with man-made materials and fitted with a canvas strap, they provide a comfortable fit for holiday excursions or a day at the beach.

We have added several new pairs of flip flops to our range this summer, including these Mens Hawaiian Print Flip Flops. Priced at just £1.95 and featuring a simple Hawaiian design, they would be perfect for the beach or the poolside.

Also new to our range we have the Mens Tribal Print Flip Flops. Ready to buy in both Grey and Navy with Lime and Red detail respectively, they are fitted with a padded canvas strap for extra comfort.

We also have a huge variety of womens flip flops available in multiple styles and designs, making it difficult to know exactly which pair to buy! An incredibly popular pair this summer has proved to be the Womens Polka Dot Flip Flops. A simple and classic design, they would be equally suited to wearing at a restaurant or sitting round a campfire.

Very much on trend this summer are the Womens Floral Print Flip Flops. Available in both blue and red, they provide a stylish accompaniment to your holiday wardrobe.

Lastly, if you’re after a more glamorous piece, suited to evenings out whilst away, these Womens Studded Gladiator Sandals would be ideal. Fastened with a zip at the back of the sandal and available in both Black and Silver they effortlessly combine comfort and style.

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Festival Fashions! A buying guide for Wellingtons

wellFestival Season is upon us, and whatever sort of music you are into, there are a few necessities you need. Whether you’re going to Glastonbury or Download, Isle of Wight or Reading, you will need the number one festival essential – Wellingtons Boots. We stock a variety of Wellingtons for men, women and children, but how do you choose? To make things easier for you, this week are comparing a few different options.

Cotswold are a big name in Wellingtons, and these Carnival Wellingtons are bright and colourful; perfect for the Isle of Wight Festival. They are manufactured with a Super Lightweight EVA Fabric meaning they don’t weigh your feet down. They have Pull-On holes which makes them easy to get your feet into and their colourful design will make you stand out in a crowd.

Another one from Costwold, these Short Wellingtons come up to your ankles, which prevent your calves from getting too hot if the weather is sunny. These Wellingtons are seriously on trend right now, with lots of celebrities wearing them this year. They are made from PVC which makes them easy to clean and lightweight. These would be perfect for Hyde Park Festival.

These Moo Wellingtons are really cute! They are also manufactured by Cotswold, and come up just below the knee. They are made with a fully waterproof Rubber upper and a Cotton lining, which will keep you protected but also allow your skin to breathe. The funky cow print will be right at home at Worthy Farm for Glastonbury.

One for the guys here, these Dikamar Evora Wellingtons are great quality at a great price. Made from PVC which makes them lightweight, and available in two colours – Black and Green, these would be great for Download Festival.

Lastly, we have these Dikamar Administrator Wellingtons. These are the typical festival Wellingtons. Made from PVC with a Nitrile Sole, they have a ribbed outer collar which makes it easy to get the boot on and off. Perfect for any festival!

So whichever festival you’re going to, we hope this buying guide makes it easier to choose, if you would like to browse our full range of Wellingtons, please click here.

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