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Buying Cotton Socks and Gloves to Protect Your Feet from Sunburn

Outdoor activities may be tough on the hands and feet. However, there are practical accessories that you can wear to protect your extremities from the strains and stresses of your everyday activities. Whether you are out skiing, gardening, or engaging in some extreme sport, you will need the proper type of gloves and socks to protect your hands and feet from the elements.

Gloves are pretty basic and you will find many practical styles, designs, and materials to fit your requirements, whatever the season. You can choose from ski gloves to work gloves made out of different blends of textiles and fabrics, each type offering protection from different elements. Cotton gloves, for example, are excellent for use when doing light mechanical work, driving or, if you want to keep your hands warm during slightly cold days. Cotton is also a common choice of material for casual socks, since they absorb sweat and saturate quickly. Cotton socks protect your feet from sunburn while making light outdoor activities more comfortable.

Socks also come in a wide variety of styles and types. Just like gloves, there are very specific sock styles for every activity. Athletic socks or multi-sport socks range from traditional white gym socks made out of moisture-wicking fabrics to technical athletic socks that are designed for running and cross training. Most athletic socks are made with sole cushions, but are kept thin to reduce the overall bulk and increase comfort.

Running socks, on the other hand, are thin liner socks that have light padding and dense cushioning in the ball of the foot and the heel. While some runners prefer to have less padding, others prefer more to add cushioning and reduce foot fatigue. Walking socks provide cushioning and offer moisture-wicking properties, ideal for long walks and fitness walk.

Lightweight socks for hiking are also available. Designed especially for the needs of hikers, these socks offer moisture wicking properties and modest cushioning to maximize movement. There are also backpacking and mountaineering socks, which are heavier than common hiking socks.

Ski snowboard socks offer padding in the shin and underfoot areas to provide additional warmth and protect the pressure points of the feet. Casual socks can be easily distinguished by their casual styling, colors, and designs. They are often made out of performance fabrics, like merino wool, or more lightweight fabrics like cotton.

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Choosing The Best Women’s Socks

There are many kinds of socks available for women, differing in terms of material, thickness, structure, length, and design. For most women, socks are not just protective garments, they can also work as great fashion statements. For instance, where polka-dot socks are playful, striped ones give off a punk vibe, and long socks with a solid colour can go with almost anything, especially printed bottoms.

The colour of socks is also important to consider. Most women choose colours that are easy to match with their wardrobe. Animal print socks are exotic, trendy, and funky. They come in different patterns and prints, such as leopard, snakeskin, tiger, and cheetah—and in different colours, too.

One may think that plain socks are only for the  working lady, but some
designs are suitable to be worn with trendier outfits and dressing styles. Boots, for example, can be worn with socks that are showing on the topmost part for an edgy look, or Mary Janes with a pair of short white socks with a folded top for a sweet look.

If you are interested in using socks to change up your look, then make sure you have the following styles in your wardrobe:

  • Athletic socks
  • Trouser socks
  • Fold-over socks
  • Slipper socks
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Shoe liner socks
  • Trainer socks
  • Over-the-knee or long socks
  • Travel socks

Check out our full range of women’s socks at Universal-Textiles.com

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is fast approaching, but if you’ve yet to pick up the ideal present to show your dad you care on June 15th, don’t panic! We’ve gathered together a few ideas to suit everyone from working dads to new fathers, so check out our gift guide below (and don’t forget to pick up a card!) Happy shopping!

Balancing family and work can be a difficult task for modern men, so there’s no better time to reward today’s busy working fathers. This Quadra Portfolio Briefcase Bag is a perfect choice, boasting a detachable shoulder strap and an internal organiser that’s built to house everything from notebooks and stationary to phones and wallets, and this Premier Men’s Business Tie is great for office-proud dads, with twenty four colourful designs on offer.

Whilst socks might have a reputation as something of a cliché catch-all gift, no-one can deny that they ultimately make a practical present that everyone can make use of. These Honeycomb Top Argyle Socks are a smart choice that’s perfect for almost any occasion, but for those looking to make more of a statement this Father’s Day, these Greatest Dad Novelty Socks are a fun way to show you care, and even come in a special gift box, perfect for gift-wrapping.

If you’re buying on behalf of smaller shoppers, this pack of three children’s bibs will make a great gift for new dads. With a fun ‘I Love My Daddy’ message and a choice of boy’s baby blue and girl’s soft pink shades, they’re a fun and easy way to show some appreciation this Father’s Day, and their cotton rich build will also ensure that babies stay clean and comfortable throughout dinnertime.

Slippers are another great gift idea for Father’s Day, ensuring that your dad’s feet are kept comfy and warm throughout the year. These Men’s Suede Mule Slippers are a great lightweight choice for dads who want easy on-off access, and these Mirak Stag Men’s Classic Slippers are a perfect for those who prefer a more secure, fitted feel, with each design available in a selection of different colours.

Be sure check out our full range of menswear at Universal-textiles.com!

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Tips for Purchasing the Right Pair of Men’s Socks

Socks are often overlooked. Most men buy them without a thought or pick the first pair they see from their drawer and then put them on. Because socks are often bypassed as just regular articles of clothing, their quality tends to be ignored, too. What you might not know is that socks are not just underwear or protective articles of clothing for your feet—they must also work to minimise odour, keep your feet comfortable, and absorb sweat. With these in mind, you need to choose and buy your socks with care. Here are tips you can use when shopping for the best pair of men’s socks:

1) Not all socks are the same. They differ in the comfort they provide and the materials that they are made of. The best materials for socks are cotton, acrylic, and wool. These are natural fibres that help prevent stinky feet.

2) Use cotton for summer, wool for winter. Some socks are great for cold weather; some are best worn when the temperatures are high. Wool has natural insulating properties that keep your feet warm, but they tend to be thicker, making them more ideal when it’s cold. Cotton socks breathe, keeping your feet cool and dry when it’s warm.

3) Cotton socks have more variety in colour and design. Most manufacturers can create a wide range of socks from cotton, too, including trouser socks (for work and formal occasions) and athletic socks (for sports).

4) Check for allergies. Some people are allergic to wool, making cotton socks better for them. Be sure to buy socks made of 100% cotton to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritation.

5) No time to wash immediately after use? Go for wool socks. They’re low maintenance and do not need to be washed instantly after wearing. However, keep in mind that they require special care, such as requiring handwashing and air-drying. Never use a washing machine to clean wool socks.

6) Buy by the bulk. It’s cost-effective and you get two or more pairs for a cheaper price than when you buy socks separately.

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Cotton Socks – Best for Sweaty Feet

Sweaty feet can be bothersome and embarrassing because of the wetness and the odour cause. The good news is you don’t have to suffer from smelly feet. Wearing the right kind of socks can prevent sweat and odour while ensuring long-lasting comfort. Socks that are made of cotton are the best for sweaty feet.

Cotton socks breathe, so they effectively prevent sweat from building up as they are absorbed. The material dries fast, preventing bacteria build-up that often causes bad odour. Wet, sweaty feet invite a lot of bacteria to thrive and spread. Aside from causing the bad smell, the bacteria can cause fungus and feet infections, too.

When shopping for socks, avoid those that are made with polyester and nylon because they are made of synthetic fibres that can worsen your embarrassing condition. The best socks for sweaty feet are those that are made from natural fibres like cotton. It doesn’t matter what colour your socks are—as long as they are made of cotton, they can minimise the problems caused by sweaty feet.

Cotton socks are cooler because they breathe, making them perfect for summer or when the temperatures are high. They are machine washable, too, making them easy to clean. Cotton is a soft material and they hardly cause irritation or allergic reactions, so they are safe.

Some individuals tend to sweat heavily, so even the most high-quality or designer cotton socks may not provide the protection they need to prevent stinky feet and bacteria. In this case, sprinkle foot powder with deodoriser on your feet before putting on socks. That should help reduce the sweating and prevent stench. Avoid wearing the same socks twice without washing. If your feet and really sweaty, consider changing your socks a few times a day to keep your feet dry.

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Premium Thermal Socks

As a supplier of socks for over 25 years, we consider ourselves experts in the field. We stock a large range of socks made to keep you warm now the temperatures have dropped. To help you prepare for the cold months ahead (and to save a few pennies when restocking the sock draw), we’re offering newsletter subscribers an extra 15% off our entire range of socks next week.

As with our thermal underwear, we have worked for many years refining our premium thermal socks range so as to bring you the highest quality socks available, such as these FLOSO Men’s 1.9 Tog Thermal Socks (Pack of 6). A sock’s TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) rating is a measure of its thermal ability. Hence, the higher the TOG rating, the better it is at keeping you warm.

These close fitting thermal socks entrap heat and aid the regulation of the core body temperature. They also have high wicking capabilities which mean as well as maintaining heat they also rapidly extract moisture, keeping the feet comfortable. Our FLOSO socks are also knitted with high bulk acrylic yarn, giving them extra thermal warmth. An example of our premium FLOSO range is the FLOSO Ladies Thermal Wool Blended Socks (Pack of 3).

Being of such high quality, our thermal socks allow you spend prolonged periods in the cold and keep your feet comfortable. Thus they are perfect for winter sports. This is the case with our Mens High Performance Thermal Ski Socks, which have padded shin bone protection and ankle support. They also have a comfort fit top and grip zones allowing extra support.

Made from the highest quality fabrics, our thermal socks really are a winter essential. We have a wide range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s thermal socks and stock Men’s in extra large sizes (UK 11-14).

To view our full range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s socks, click their respective links.

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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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Father’s Day Special – Save 66%!

25042013_01In this week’s newsletter we are offering an extra 15% discount on our Father Day’s Special, meaning you could potentially save up to 66%!

It’s Father Day on the 16th of June so we are offering perfect gift ideas to celebrate your Dads! Whether they’re into football or golf, or you wanted novelty socks or underwear we have the perfect gift for them. We also stock cute bibs for babies with “I Love Daddy” and other designs, so even if they’re too young to send cards, the sentiment is still there. The time to buy is now, especially with an extra 15% discount for all our subscribers! Don’t miss out!

View our newsletter here and enjoy the massive savings!

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Children’s Socks

Spring cleaning can mean clearing out your childrens clothes and throwing out all the old pairs of socks but finding cheap but quality kids socks can be hard. Children often lose one sock of a pair so it’s a good idea to have plenty at hand, and yet know that they are going to last through play, school and sports. Socks are items that are essential but not often considered thoroughly especially when they get lost or ripped or mucky.

The word sock is derived from the Old English word socc, meaning light slipper, and were originally made from animal skins. Nowadays socks are made from a variety of different materials such as cotton, wool and nylon among others.

We have a range of excellent quality socks at competitive prices, so your child can always have a matching pair of socks.

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This week’s giveaway…

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

These are great quality mens socks. Perfect for casual wearing. Great for adding style to your footwear during the winter.

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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