Wrapped Microfiber: A Fabric Finer Than Silk, An Insole Worthy Of Your Feet
You'll notice when shopping that some of our sandals feature a material called microfiber. Microfiber may be used in the straps of flip flops or wrapped in the insole (upper part) of the shoe. But what makes microfiber so special?
Microfiber really is a feat of human ingenuity. Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is incredibly thin---hence the name, microfiber. For context, a strand of microfiber is thinner than a strand of silk and its diameter is more than ⅕ smaller than that of a typical human hair, according to Revolvy.com.
Microfiber is usually made from polyester or a polyester blend and was invented by a Japanese scientist in the 1960s.
Because of the fine, soft quality of microfiber, it is used in a number of different textile products across numerous industries. Microfiber is used to make mats, knitted goods like clothing, upholstery, and accessories to replace those that used to be made from leather, like purses, wallets, backpacks, and of course shoes.
Microfiber has numerous benefits. First of all, it can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth, and will dry out if it becomes wet. This makes it an essentially waterproof product. Some shoes made from microfiber can even be tossed in the washing machine and left out to dry---easy peasy!
Shoes made from microfiber are also much lighter than shoes made with other materials. Lightweight shoes are not only a plus for traveling purposes, such as packing in luggage or getting through TSA checkpoints quickly, but the material also means less strain on your feet, especially if you’re in a service job in which you’re walking around on your feet all day.
Microfiber materials are also breathable and can help to wick away moisture, which helps to lessen the threat of bacteria forming.
Also, because microfiber strands are so small and tightly wound, they make a very soft insole. When your feet rest on a footbed of microfiber, you’ll feel soft and secure so that you can go about your day without worrying about your feet.
And when flip flop straps are made with microfiber, a new host of benefits opens up. One of the biggest flip flop pet peeves is when a strap rubs on the skin and makes a blister, or at the very least an uncomfortable red mark. Flip flops are supposed to be the epitome of casual comfort, so why do we put up with straps that are cheap, uncomfortable, or don’t fit?
When you’re wearing a pair of sandals with a microfiber strap, the strap will fit perfectly to your foot, as it is elastic and flexible. Furthermore, it will be soft and snug, so that you’ll look forward to wearing your flip flops, making your flip flop or slippah experience exactly the way it’s supposed to be.
When you’re browsing the AlohaShoes.com product pages, make sure to keep an eye out for shoes that contain microfiber, such as the Mele. Should you choose to purchase a pair, you can rest assured that you’ll be less susceptible to bacterias, have a comfortable and cushy walking experience, and that you’re a part of human innovation.