Is it Time to Ditch the Shoelaces?

When I had a personal Facebook account two years ago, I remember being bombarded with advertisements. I don’t know whether I was targeted to receive ads for no-lace sneakers because I posted workouts or if everyone was seeing the same pictures and videos of athletes exercising and enjoying freedom from lace-tying interruptions. Either way, I succumbed to the idea that going lace-free would be a convenience I was willing to buy. And it was, but there were a few exceptions. Note: this is NOT a paid advertisement. I am sharing an idea/product that I tried and providing feedback on how it worked for me.

If it wasn’t cold for at least half of the year and if the work environment would allow it, I would wear supportive flip flops all the time. I am a huge fan of slipping shoes on and off easily, especially because I have a neuroma on one foot, and I need to avoid tight-fitting footwear and make foot flexing a regular routine throughout the day. Switching out the shoelaces on my favorite casual sneakers was a major plus. They are very easy to slip on and off in seconds, and the fit is balanced between snug and roomy.

As for workout sneakers, my indoor shoes could make the transition to lace free because I’m always on level flooring when I exercise indoors. Though I’ve tried lace-free on my outdoor sneakers, I couldn’t get the right amount of tension for running on inclines. If I added an elastic band to the uppermost row on my shoes, they were too tight. If I skipped it, they were too loose, and my heels would raise slightly out of my sneakers when I ran uphill. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the switch on my outdoor running shoes.

For golf shoes, the elastic bands are perfect. I was grateful to make the switch. The tension on the shoes is perfect, it’s easy to slip in and out of shoes before and after a round of golf, and I never lose focus on the tee due to an untied shoelace.

For shoes with alternative lace holes, the product may not be compatible. The pair shown here have loops instead of holes, and the elastic bands don’t work at all. I had to keep shoelaces.

If you’ve seen the advertisements for these elastic bands, the idea of never having to interrupt a workout to tie your shoes isn’t a stretch (excuse the pun). They are very effective for casual, workout and specialty athletic shoes as long as the shoe has standard lace holes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t completely ditch shoelaces, but I’m glad I tried.

©, March 12, 2018

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