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Winter Footwear For All The Family!

When it comes to shopping for essential winter garments, gloves, hats and scarves are the three coldweather staples that many of us pick up without fail. Whilst warm jackets and winter coats also make regular annual appearances, the benefits of swapping your summer shoes for something a little sturdier can’t be overstated. We’ve gathered together our top picks for winter footwear below, ensuring that your family’s feet stay warm and dry through the colder months. Happy shopping!

Whether you’re out for a woodland walk or stomping through snow, there’s no reason to let unpredictable winter weather keep you locked up indoors. With a waterproof build and a cushioned inner lining, these Mens Skechers Rawling-Dorson Boots can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter, with built-in Thinsulate thermal technology and a breathable inner membrane helping to keep your feet warm whilst allowing effective ventilation.

For women, these Stormwells Lace Front Winter Boots are a durable option that offers similar benefits, combining thermal insulation with a sturdy, longer-length build that’s sure to lock in warmth for longer. With a secure, lace-up front and made with special water-resisting materials, it’s a smart choice for those looking to get out and about this winter. These Hi-Tec Ladies St. Moritz Boots are also a smart choice for those looking to take on difficult winter terrain, with a rugged rubber outsole and cushioned CMEVA midsole offering security and comfort for active feet.

Available in both boys and girls designs, these Stormwells Childrens Boots are perfect for protecting your little one’s feet through winter and beyond, with their faux fur thermal lining and special tie top ensuring that their feet are kept safe and warm whilst outside. If your child likes to get out and about whatever the weather, these Dikimar JNR Wellington Boots are another smart choice, with their solid, waterproof build and sturdy nitrile sole unit making them the ideal option for kids who love the great outdoors.

To view our full range of mens, womens and childrens boots, please visit Universal-textiles.com!

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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.

To view our full selection of Children’s Footwear, click here.

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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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This Week’s Giveaway!

wellybobsFollowing the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Ladies Summer Dress, this week the prize is a pair of Dunlop Devon Wellingtons.

These wellingtons boots have a slip resistant outsole, a steel toe cap and mid-sole protection. These wellingtons are perfect for festivals, farmers, or even walking the dog in the mud.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Choosing Mens Formal Shoes

If you attend a lot of formal events or occasions, you will know the importance of having a pair of smart shoes. But the first time you need a smart pair of shoes, it’s difficult to know where to start.
First you must bear in mind the outfit that you will be pairing your shoes with and match the colour and style. If you are wearing a traditional black suit, black shoes would be ideal, but if you are going with a more modern cut of suit or colour, grey or brown shoes might complete the outfit.

Smart shoes can also be worn at work or to evenings out, with a pair of jeans and smart trousers. Boots may be preferable to some men who prefer the support of an ankle boots, which can also be worn for smart functions.

We have a wide range of smart shoes and boots to suit either formal events or the workplace, so you are sure to find for the occasions you need. Have a look here.

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How to stay warm in winter

There are 10 rules for dressing in winter, and if you follow these, they will allow you to stay warm when the temperature drops below freezing.

  • Wear lots of layers – the more layers you wear, the more air will get trapped in between them and as air is an excellent insulator it will keep you warm. It’s better to wear too many layers as they can be taken off. Layers such as t-shirts will work perfectly.
  • Buy a good pair of boots – Boots are a winter essential, they keep your feet warmer than shoes and usually have better grip for icy conditions. Boot liners are also available for more insulation.
  • Wear winter socks – Wool or thermal socks are ideal as these draw the moisture away from your feet keeping them warm and dry.
  • Invest in a good quality coat – the thicker the better, choose fabrics such as wool or  a synthetic ski jacket for maximum warmth. We have a wide range of winter coats.
  • Thermal Underwear – a base layer is really helpful for keeping you warm, a thin layer close to the skin traps the air, and also draws away your sweat.
  • Hats – these are essential, heat rises and we lose most of our heat through our heads to try and a hat keeps it in. We have a wide variety of hats for everyone in many different colours and styles here.
  • Gloves and mittens – your hands are an extremity and are most susceptible to the cold so its important to keep them wrapped up. Even a thin glove is better than nothing but thick, insulating gloves are best. View our range here.
  • Wear two layers on your legs – long johns for men or tights/leggings for women under your work trousers really help to keep your legs warm, often people wear 5 layers on the top half and forget about their bottom half.
  • Stay dry – being wet in cold temperatures lowers your core temperature dramatically so wear waterproof clothing or base layers which draw the moisture away from your skin.
  • Wear a scarf – A thick scarf really makes a difference, especially in keeping your neck warm, choose fabrics such as wool or thermal fabrics and these are warmest against the skin. Browse our range of scarves here.

 

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Choosing Boots

Whether it’s for work or play, everyone should own a pair of boots. They are ideal for the current climate, because they really keep your feet warm and usually have a bit more grip than normal shoes.

Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers, worn together to protect the ankle more than shoes or sandals, and date as far back as 1000 B.C. There are many different types of boot, depending on the occasion or use. Walking boots generally have a thick rubberised sole to make walking long distances more comfortable an reduce the strain on the feet and ankle. Work boots for men and women, have a steel toe cap to protect the foot from falling objects and compression. Winter boots are thickly insulated boots which keep your foot warm and comfortable and have an excellent grip to stop you from falling over in the ice.

Our range for men, women and child can be viewed here.

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