We Wish You A Merry Closet: THREE Christmas Must-Haves for Everyone on Your Nice List
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner and 2022 is coming to a close. Christmas is supposed to be about joy and cheer, not stress and fear. Instead of frantically trying to decide what to get everyone who’s on your list this year, just take a look at our blog! We’ve made a compilation of the best quality island footwear for everyone close to you so that you can click, checkout, and then sit back and relax while everyone else does their stressful Christmas shopping around you. Here are three gift ideas to get you started, all available at great prices at Alohashoes.com:
1. Classic Pali Hawaii Jandals
Jandals are perfect for the person on your list who’s fun, casual, chic and serendipitous. The Jandals, or “Jesus sandals,” by Pali Hawaii are easy to pair with all sorts of fun outfits, and give an effortless yet stylish aesthetic. They’re also very practical---easy to slip on and off, completely waterproof, flexible, and nearly indestructible, these shoes are great for your frat brother or your bae. Wrap a pair of Jandals up with a picnic basket of fun treats for a gift that says “let’s bring in the new year with a beach party.”
2. Comfy, durable Locals flip flops
The original. The classic. These top-tier OG slippahs with the straps will make you a Christmas gift-giving legend. Make them the main event by wrapping them up with a bow, or stick a pair in each stocking for the highest-quality stocking stuffers your loved ones will ever receive. The rubber base of the renowned Locals slippahs make for a squishy and comfortable footbed as well as a great shoe for adventuring, as Locals are totally waterproof and provide excellent foot protection in and out of the water. Nothing says “Mele Kalikimaka” like a pair of original Hawaiian Locals slippahs.
3) Chic, Stylish Scott Hawaii Sandals
Surely there is an adventurer on your list, and upon them you ought to bestow a pair of slippahs that are a bullseye for effortless style and lifelong durable wear. Whether the adventurer you have in mind is five years old or one hundred and five, there is sure to be a pair of Scott Womens they’ll love. Each pair is made of a blend of rubber and EVA to ensure a great grip, cushioning feel, and product longevity. Each pair comes with a lifetime guarantee, and most pairs are waterproof so that you can go fishing, hiking, or shopping with them---the possibilities are endless!
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What is Polyurethane Leather? Benefits of PU Made Sandals
You’re looking for a shoe that is smooth and durable, and feels great on your feet. Perhaps a shoe coated in Polyurethane, abbreviated as PU, is for you. But what exactly is PU?
Polyurethane is a polymer, or synthetic resin. PU is desirable because of its strength, durability, water resistance, and because it generally dries as a transparent, taking on whatever color it is dipped in or whatever it’s brushed on. It also tends to be scratch-resistant.
But, you may be wondering, what does this varnishing material have to do with shoes?
PU is most commonly connected in the shoe world to PU leather. PU leather is split leather, or an animal hide that has been split into thinner sheets than top-grain leather is, and then dipped into the PU resin to create a thicker, water-resistant, and more durable material. This PU leather is what is generally seen on shoes, although regular PU may be brushed onto a rubber or EVA surface to make it tougher, or PU may be molded into plastic sheets to be used on the outsoles of shoes, especially running shoes and sandals.
Although PU leather generally has a hide base, it is categorized as a synthetic because it has been altered by the polyurethane. Some PU leathers, called vegan leathers, do not have any animal hide products at all, but instead are made of fabric brushed with polyurethane made to look like genuine leather.
There are some definite upsides that PU leathers have that top-grain leathers do not. First of all is the cost. Genuine top-grain animal-hide leather can be prohibitively expensive because of the amount of labor and time it takes to complete the finished product. Using PU leather maintains the look and feel of leather while keeping costs down.
Secondly, because of the PU varnish, polyurethane leather is more waterproof than top-grain leather, which is perfect for sandals, flip flops, slides, or other shoes that might be brought on adventures that involve water.
It’s also lighter than genuine leather. Think of a 100% leather boot. It’s usually tough and very heavy. For a sportier shoe, there’s a great advantage to having PU leather, and that’s the weight (or rather, lack thereof). PU leather is very light, so when a sandal or other shoe is made with PU leather, it’ll be easier to walk in, travel with, and hop into when you need to get moving quickly.
PU leather looks and feels great on shoes, but many other products take advantage of PU leather. For example, wallets and purses often use PU leather, as do office chairs and other office supplies, backpacks, journal covers, and low-cost car interiors.
Still, PU leather arguably looks and feels best on footwear, as it is one of the only products in which the PU leather, which feels like top-grain leather, comes into contact with your skin. PU leather takes the stress off, because you can rest assured that you didn’t have to pay an exorbitant amount for it, and because you can clean it with water---something that simply isn’t an option for top-grain hide. Because it is water-safe, you can take the caution you’d normally have to take with leather and throw it to the wind. Want to head to the beach with your PU leather sandals? Go for it! The polyurethane can take it.
Make sure to check out the sandals available with PU leather options on AlohaShoes.com to get a sense of what PU leather looks like on sandals and slippers. Chances are you won’t be disappointed, and the price point for these products can’t be beat.