Rubalon: Thick, Attractive, And Waterproof
Many of the high-quality products sold by Scott Hawaii are made in part with a product called Rubalon. But what is Rubalon, and what makes it a superior alternative to other sandal materials?
Rubalon acts like a UHMW-PE, which stands for ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. In layman’s terms, this just means it’s a type of plastic that has numerous benefits, including its durability, softness, flexibility, and low-moisture absorption, among other traits. While Rubalon has some of the properties of a UHMW-PE, it is softer and more flexible. Rubalon is a blend of EVA foam with rubber, which combines the benefits of each of those materials, making a product superior to straight rubber or EVA.
When one looks at the benefits of Rubalon, it is easy to see why it is a popular choice to make high-quality footwear. For instance, its tight molecular chains create a waterproof surface that won’t retain water, making a shoe that can be worn in any weather or environment.
The thickness of Rubalon also makes it an attractive shoe bedding. It also has a high resistance to general wear and tear. Because of the firm, thick material, it can take years of action and constant friction to wear down the surface.
Rubalon’s thickness and firmness are also advantageous for foot comfort. Rubalon is strong, yet soft, and makes a perfect, natural cushion for your feet. It gently molds to the foot for ultimate comfort, but isn’t so pliable that it compromises foot protection.
Rubalon is also heat resistant and crack-resistant, meaning you can leave shoes made from Rubalon by the pool or on the beach in full sunlight for hours without any change in the Rubalon’s durability.
Rubalon can come in a couple of forms. A “soft” Rubalon surface is a relatively smooth, non textured surface. The benefit of soft Rubalon is the cushy, springy feeling it has on the foot.
Textured Rubalon, in contrast, has its own benefits. For instance, a slightly raised or textured Rubalon has the same durability and sponge-like feel, but adds a bit more traction for the foot---therefore less sliding, especially when it gets wet.
Along with all of these practical traits, Rubalon has aesthetic ones too. Because it is smooth and flexible, it generally has a sleek, tough look that screams “quality.”
Rubalon is an excellent resource for shoe soles, but because of its soft, flexible nature, it is used in a number of other ways as well. For instance, Rubalon is great for children’s toys, as the squishy material is safe for them to fall on, throw, and play with. Large-scale puzzle toys are often made of Rubalon. The fact that the material is waterproof and can be easily washed is also a huge plus for parents of small children.
Other items often made of Rubalon include mouse pads, floor mats, mattresses, equestrian equipment like saddle pads, yoga and other fitness mats, and pool exercise equipment.
But the most popular remains Rubalon shoe soles, because of the comfort they provide. Because Rubalon is so easy to mold, it is a breeze to create arches and heel cups that make a natural fit for feet without causing discomfort. It’s also an ideal shoe material because it is soft and springy, waterproof, and dense, so it can hold up for years, even with constant use.
Scott Hawaii is known for quality footwear, and the Rubalon used in most of its sandals is a testament to that fact. Grab any of Scott’s many slipper models and try out some Rubalon on your feet today, and on all sorts of surfaces. We’re sure that you’ll feel the difference.
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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.