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Our Top Footwear Picks For Summer

One of the best things about the onset of warmer weather is finally being able to swap our bulky winter wear for clothes that are lighter, brighter and ready for the beach, and footwear is certainly no exception. So if you’re all set to stow away your boots and wellies till later in the year, now is the perfect time to invest in some shoes that’ll let the sun find your feet. Check out our top summer-friendly footwear choices below!

Throughout summer, slip-on shoes are a must. A popular, sun-friendly style for men in recent years has been the espadrille, and these Mens B&C Vibrant Slip-Ons are a prime example. Lightweight, stylish and made from 100% cotton, they’re ideal for warmer weather. For women, these Riva Catch Leather Moccasins are equally easy to put on and kick off at your leisure, and in a choice of three colours, you can mix and match to make the perfect summer outfit.

Sandals are one of the easiest go-to options for all ages through the warmer months. With two adjustable Velcro straps and a specially-sculpted footbed, these Hi-Tec Owaka Mens Sandals offer a comfortable, supportive fit, and the sturdy rubber outsole ensures stability and grip whether you’re out and about or relaxing at home. The Hi-Tec Ladies Indra Sandal offers similar benefits, and these Skechers Boys And KangaRoos Girls designs are great for letting smaller feet breathe.

If you’re looking for summer footwear with the ultimate in on-off accessibility, flip-flops are easily the way forward. With a lightweight build and a thick wedge outsole, these Syros Womens Flip-Flops are the perfect choice for relaxing on the beach or pool-side, and with a stylish pattern of pewter and silver studs, flip-flops have never been so fashionable. For men, these Floso Camouflage Wave Print Flip-Flops are ideal for slipping on whether you’re heading to the coast or out into the back garden, and are designed to dry quickly in the summer sunshine.glagla2

Whilst they’re great for casual wear, flip-flops and sandals aren’t the ideal choice for hitting the gym. Those who wish to keep their feet cool whilst also keeping active through the warmer weather need look no further than the Glagla footwear range. With a patented ventilation system that keeps feet an average of 6 degrees cooler than a standard shoe and discharges twice as much moisture in the process, the Glagla Classic Trainer (available for both men and is a great choice for working out through summer without excess sweat.

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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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Choosing Women’s Trainers

Great for both fitness and everyday wearing, at Universal Textiles we’re delighted to offer a wide range of Women’s Trainers at great prices. From top brands such as Skechers and Glagla, we provide classic trainers and those with a more modern design. With such a variety to choose from, we take a look at just a few here.

We are excited to be able to offer you a large selection of shoes from the highly reputable Skechers brand. Having been operating for over twenty years, Skechers is a mark of high quality footwear both in performance and fashion.  These Skechers SK12265 Trainers are no exception, offering both comfort and performance. The lace-up design has a soft padded tongue and soft textile lining, providing comfort and also helping to provide support to the feet. The shoes also provides increased ankle support, making them ideal for running.

An environmentally conscious French company still in its relative infancy, Glagla’s rise has been a sharp one due to the quality and innovative nature of their products. Their footwear is ventilated and lightweight, making them incredibly versatile. The Glagla Original Ventilated Trainer is ultra-lightweight and has a Drytech mesh upper providing total air circulation. As with our entire range of Glagla shoes, it is made with a three layered sole with engineered openings to evacuate moisture. The non-marking soles make this shoe ideal for indoor fitness classes and the quick-drying fabric makes them easy to wash and great for watersport.

Another quality shoe from Glagla is the Tivano Tutti Fruti Trainer. With many of the great features of the ventilated trainer, this trainer is of the more classic lace-up design. The shock absorbent soles make these trainers great for rough terrain or sports such as running or tennis where there is repetitive impact.

From Mirak we offer a selection of high quality footwear at great value, with these Contender Velcro Trainers being an example of this. With a leather outer, these velcro fastening trainers are great for sport and casual wear. Available in two colours, the padded tongue and textile lining offer increased foot support.

Also from Mirak, we have these Lace-Up Plimsolls. Great for casual summer wear, this timeless design is incredibly versatile as an addition to many an outfit. They are also great for tennis or light exercise.

Finally from Hi-Tec we have this Classic Squash Trainer. A pioneering brand whose designs are driven by new technologies, these trainers are built for performance. The lightweight shoes are made with a synthetic upper. Ideal for many sports and the gym, the non-marking sole also grips incredibly well.

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