If you think tying your shoes is something you should stop thinking about once you've got it down, think again. There are an estimated two trillion different ways in which you can lace up your shoes, and guess what? Not all of them are created equally!
While shoe tying may seem like a trivial discussion, it can actually make a huge difference in your comfort level, especially for runners. In fact, when it comes to running shoes, the way you tie your laces can mean the difference between numb feet and black toenails or a comfortable stride for the entire distance of your course.
When you consider the impact, then, that shoe lacing can have on your feet, it may not surprise you at all the innovation being devoted to this realm. Check out these three new lacing systems, vying to kick aside those good ol' bunny ears in the year that starts (eep!) tonight!!!
Quick Shoe Lace
Quick Shoe Lace is so simple, it's genius. Here's the deal: it's an elastic lace, so it can stretch to fit through almost any shoe, and the ends of the lace are designed to fit into a metal clip on cap, so they never need to be tied. No more over, under, around and through. Just stretch, clamp and go is this product's theory.
I actually like the idea of this lacing system, since sometimes the spot where laces are knotted is actually the place that ends up pressing too firmly on your feet, causing pain and rubbing. The only caution I would give to users is to watch how tightly you pull the elastic laces through your shoes, as lacing too tightly can cause your feet to go numb in patches, especially over the course of a long run or workout.
Like Quick Shoe Lace, this product is an elastic, no tie shoe lace. Where it differs from the previous product, however, is in its capping system. The cap for expand laces actually has a sliding function, so that your laces can expand to accommodate foot swelling throughout the day.
I love this idea for so many reasons, but most especially for my diabetic patients. Pressure is a big deal for people with diabetes, as it can lead to foot wounds and other problems. With an expandable lacing system, some common shoe pressures could be eliminated, giving diabetics one less concern during their day to day activities!
Hickies is a different model than the previous two systems I'm highlighting. First of all, this brand has done away with the single-lace model. Instead, they've created a bunch of elasticized bands that you can anchor through the eyelet's of any shoe, turning a lace up model into a slip-on as if by magic! Because the individual bands are elastic (are you sensing a theme here yet?), they stretch enough to let you easily slip in and out of your shoes. And if you need another reason to look into these laces? They come in a lot of cool styles--some even featuring glittery Swarovski crystals!
Now that you know all the new, exciting ways to tie your shoes, let's not forget the basic point: tied or untied, your shoes should always feel good on your feet. From the moment you slip them on until the moment they come off for the day. And if they don't? Stop in to your podiatrist's office to see what could be causing the problem!