It is easy to see why yoga has been such a popular pastime in recent years and decades. Yoga increases muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. And of course there’s the squishy, super-comfy surface of the yoga mat.
Yoga mats are most often made from PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride. PVC is the third most used plastic in the world. It comes in two forms, soft and rigid, and can be and is used in thousands of products. Yoga mats are made from the soft form of PVC. They’re durable, soft, and best of all, ultra-comfortable on your feet. For these reasons, some shoe manufacturers have caught on to the hype and begun producing sandal soles made of yoga mat material. Imagine walking to yoga class on shoes made of yoga mat. The bliss!
It makes sense that yoga mat foam would be used to make shoe soles. First of all, they come in almost unlimited colors and textures, and can be printed with different designs, making it easy for shoe manufacturers to mix it up and cater to a variety of customers and personalities.
Secondly, the yoga mat foam can be textured to be smooth for comfort or textured to prevent slipping. Furthermore, it’s a buoyant material, meaning that should a shoe get lost in the surf or a river, it’ll float rather than sink to the bottom never to be seen again.
PVC foam is also relatively inexpensive, meaning that when it’s used in shoes it creates a shoe that has all the previously mentioned benefits without breaking the bank.
Like yoga mats, soft yoga mat foam insoles protect your feet from shock and vibrations, so that if you’re doing jumping jacks or just holding a long pose on your feet, the mat will mold to your foot shape and support you.
Yoga mats are also supposed to help keep you centered and your energy focused on your body and its place in the world. This calming state of mind can be yours every time you slip on your shoes, if your shoes are basically a traveling yoga mat.
You can also say goodbye to bacteria. Because yoga mat foam is so easy to clean, there’s no reason that your feet can’t be hanging out on a clean shoe all the time, even after months or years of wear. Just rinse with a little soap and they’ll be as good as new.
Lastly, yoga mat sandals or flip-flops are very lightweight. This has numerous benefits. Yoga mat shoes are easy to travel with--take them through TSA or pack them in your carry-on without a hitch. They can also fit in an overnight bag on a camping trip or just be the go-to lightweight shoes you always wear around town.
Whatever the case, we highly recommend that you check out the slippers on AlohaShoes.com that are made with soft yoga mat foam insoles, such as the Kilakila, Kukini, or Moena flip flops. Once you grab yourself a pair, you may end up being a convert for life.
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.