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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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Wimbledon 2014: Our Top Tennis Picks

Wimbledon 2014 is well under way, and to celebrate the efforts of the talented players taking to the court to battle it out for this year’s top honours we’ve gathered together our favourite picks from our range of sportswear and athletic accessories. Whether you’re the next Andy Murray or simply starting out, we’ve got everything you need to get active this summer. Who knows, maybe it’ll be you lifting the trophy this time next year! Happy shopping!

Stable and supportive footwear is an important consideration when it comes to any sport, and tennis is certainly no exception. Boasting a specially designed shock-absorbing midsole and carefully engineered side vents, these Skechers Diamond Back Tevor Mens Shoes are the ideal choice for men who take their sport seriously, and these Skechers Ladies Flex Appeal Trainers offer similar benefits for female feet.

Sports socks are also vital for protecting hard-working feet during tiring athletic activities, helping to prevent painful blisters from popping up. These Mens Plain Sports Socks are a simple but effective choice, with a cotton rich build that also incorporates elastane for a comfy stretch fit. Ideal for both men and women, these Kariban Trainer Sport Socks are another great option, offering a thinner blend of material and a lower, more subtle cut.

Come rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat whilst playing tennis, and therefore lightweight clothing is an absolute must. For men, these Kariban Sports Shorts are the perfect choice, boasting an elasticated waist and special quick drying fabric. Skorts are also popular amongst female players, blending together the lightweight build of a skirt with the added modesty that shorts provide. This Rhino Performance Skort is a great example, with its stretch fabric build also allowing athletes to move freely on the court.

Of course, with all this new gear, you’re going to need something to put it in! This Sols Calcio Sports Holdall is perfect for storing everything from clothing and accessories to personal items, and even comes with a special compartment for shoes and boots. This Bagbase Sports Gymsac Bag is also great for those looking for a lighter, brighter option, coming in a selection of eight vibrant colours, each with a bargain price-tag of just £1.49.

Be sure to check out our full range of sportswear and accessories at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Top Tips For Keeping Cool This Summer

Heat can be unbearable in the summer, but whilst you may find it hard to stop sweating altogether (sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself down!) there are ways to keep cool and prevent sweat accumulation, which can cause itchiness, skin disorders, bacteria build up, and body odour. Here are some excellent ways to keep cool this summer:

  • Choose to exercise when it’s cooler, like early in the morning or late at night.
  • Have a spray bottle with water in the fridge and spray it on your face after spending time outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that are made of 100% cotton. Restrictive clothing can be uncomfortable in the summer.
  • Choose to wear light coloured clothing, such as white. Darker colours tend to absorb more heat than lighter ones.
  • Wear cotton socks with breathable shoes or sneakers.
  • Consider using foot powder before putting your socks on to prevent bacterial growth that will cause foot odour and fungus, which can grow when you keep wearing sweaty socks.
  • Avoid beverages that may cause dehydration, such as alcohol and caffeine. Consume plenty of water and sports drinks or beverages that can provide your body with electrolytes, which you lose when you sweat a lot.
  • If your home is not air conditioned, make arrangements to spend a few hours in a shopping centre, movie theatre, or public library, where you can take advantage of the air conditioning. 
  • Wear a summer hat. Choose one that is made of materials that let air in, such as straw. A visor hat can also work as it keeps the top of your head exposed to prevent sweat from accumulating.

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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.

Click here to check out our full range of footwear for further inspiration!

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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.

Be sure to check out our full range of workwear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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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.

Click here to check out the Skechers and Birkenstock footwear that we currently have on offer!

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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 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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Back to School Special!

The school year is nearly upon us once again, which is why at Universal Textiles we’re offering newsletter subscribers great Back to School offers next week with 15% off our entire schoolwear range. From bags to lunchboxes and socks to sweatshirts, we’ve got products we know your kids will love at price you’ll love. Here we take a look at just a few available.

This KooGa Asymmetric Backpack is ideal for carrying books, a PE kit and much more besides. The quick release Velcro strap makes it easy to take on and off, whilst the bag is A4 folder size making it great for transporting all they need. The bag has several pockets and is of a durable fabric, making it ideal for the school year.

We stock a wide range of lunchboxes, officially branded with all your children’s favourite characters. One such item is this Angry Birds Lunchbox. This high quality lunchbox features many of the characters from Rovio’s hit game and now TV series. Measuring at 23cm x 20cm approximately, there is plenty of room for their food. The box is easily cleaned with a wet cloth and has a name tag on the back so you won’t need to worry if your child misplaces it.

Our selection of kid’s shoes is great for school days and school sports. One such pair is the Mirak Girls Velcro Plimsoll. Priced at an incredible £6.12 for subscribers next week, these Velcro fastening plimsolls have a subtle heart design on the front. The textile upper is both comfortable and durable, with the shoes having a robust rubber sole.

This Soft Shell Jacket from Jerzees will be great for keeping them warm on cold winter days. Renowned for their high quality school apparel, this jacket is highly water resistant and windproof. Available in three colours and great for boys or girls, the jacket is made with 3-layer softshell fabric with breathable membrane and bonded microfleece lining. With several secure zip pockets to safely store bus passes and the like, this is an ideal jacket for school.

Lastly we have two products great for school sport lessons. These Rhino Knee High Socks come in nine colours, meaning we’re sure to have a style your kids will love. The 100% Nylon socks are durable and easily cleaned after a muddy game on the sports field.

These Fruit of the Loom Jogging Bottoms would be ideal for sports on cold days. They have a soft feel, elasticated drawcord waist and are made with the sustained quality expected from Fruit of the Loom. These bottoms are suited to boys and girls and come in three colours.

Our entire range of schoolwear can be found on our website, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive superb weekly discounts.

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This week’s giveaway!

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured Family Guy Socks, this week the prize is Baby Shoes.

These are great quality baby shoes. Perfect for casual wearing, with a comfortable fit. Made with 80% Polyester and 20% Cotton, and they are seriously cute!

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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