What is membrane shoes
Recently,use the so-called membrane shoes, which mothers with pleasure buy not only for children, but for themselves. What are its features, advantages and disadvantages?
First let's see what the membrane is. This is a very thin polymer film, a microporous material. Of course, the membrane is not the main material for shoes - it plays the role of only one layer in the complex "design" of boots and boots. As a rule, the film is fixed between the material of the lining and the material of the top, which guarantees the children's feet reliable protection from moisture and cold during operation.
Membrane shoes for children: advantages
Moisture does not penetrate the shoes with membranebecause the pores of this polymer film are smaller than water molecules several thousand times. On the other hand, its pores are several hundred times larger than molecules of water vapor, as a result of which the legs in such shoes "breathe". And it is these two properties that are responsible for the comfort of such winter footwear. After all, as is known, during physical exertion, feet in shoes first sweat, and then due to the accumulating moisture inside they freeze. Here, the membrane footwear just helps the moisture to come out in the form of water vapor. Additional comfort in this footwear is achieved due to high-quality material of the top and specially selected lining.
Membrane Shoes: disadvantages
It is not recommended to buy such shoes for kids,who still make walks in the stroller or inactive children. Otherwise, their legs will freeze. Boots and boots with a membrane are designed for the fact that the child will walk, play, run - in general, actively move.
Another disadvantage is the fact that shoes withmembrane is designed for a temperature of at least -10 degrees, so for our sometimes harsh Russian winter baby will have to buy another pair of boots or boots.
Membrane Shoes: Care Rules
If the membraneshoes, then it can last a long time without losing its properties. So, in any case, do not dry the boots on the battery or near the heaters. Small dirt on the leather top of the product is brushed, dipped in warm water, and on the textile surface - a damp sponge. If the child has soiled the shoes very much, you can apply a baby soap. To improve the waterproof properties of footwear with a membrane, special water repellent impregnations are allowed.
Lining in membrane shoes can be made frommesh fabric, fleece or artificial fur. Approximately once a season, it needs to be cleaned, namely, in removing the pellets from the surface. Then wipe the lining material with a damp cloth or cloth, soak excess moisture with a dry cloth and leave the shoes in a well-ventilated place until the final drying.
An important point is thatsuch shoes. Mom and grandmothers traditionally prefer cotton or wool socks. But under the membrane shoes, on the contrary, it is better to wear synthetic or special thermosetting. The fact is that tissues of natural origin moisture absorb very well and, thus, will not allow it to evaporate. But synthetics just give out moisture easily, which will allow the membrane to fulfill its "duties" perfectly.
Children's membrane shoes: popular brands
When choosing a membrane shoe, pay attention to theLabels contain labels such as Sympatex, Gore-Tex, or tec. Well, among the popular brands of waterproof and at the same time "breathing" children's boots and boots can be identified the following: Ecco (Denmark), Ricosta (Germany), Viking (Norway), Bagira Kids, Superfit (Austria), Reima, Skandia, Kuoma (Finland) , Kotofey (Russia) and others.