Perhaps you’ve heard of “Speed Laces,” or perhaps you haven’t. I’ve been using them for about ten years now, and to be quite honest, I can’t imagine using anything else. I use them for hiking, running, the gym, daily walking around and even formal events. Long story short, if I have a pair of shoes that require laces… you better believe I’m re-lacing them with speed laces. So how do you know if they’re right for you? Well, keep reading.
First of all, what are “Speed Laces?” In short, they are a type of shoelace made of elastic. Since they are made of elastic, this means they stretch, as opposed to “static laces” (what most shoes come pre-laced with) which do not stretch. While they may not be for everyone, they do have a lot of advantages that you might not have realized you’ve been missing out on, especially if you have wider feet like me.
Advantages of Speed Laces:
-Ease of use: You will no longer have to tie your shoes. Set the toggle at your desired lace “tension,” and then you can simply slip your shoes on and off, sometimes without even needing to use your hands to get your heel in. Also, if you’re injured or elderly, they can be a great alternative to the hassle of tying your shoes.
-Time saving: If it’s cold or you’re in a hurry, you won’t have to bother with tying or untying your laces. You can slip them on or off and simply go. This is a major time saver for me when I ford rivers or streams. While other have to go through the process of untying their shoes and then re-tying them on the other side; the entire process takes me about 15 seconds of effort on both sides of the river, combined!
-Expands with your foot: With each step you take, your foot expands and contracts under your own weight. Also, after a prolonged amount of time on your feet while walking or standing up; your feet can tend to swell a bit, causing some discomfort, or the inconvenience of having to stop and re-tie your shoes a little looser. The elastic speed laces will expand and contract with each step, as well as the swelling of your foot. You’ll notice this much more if you already have wide feet that already fit snugly up against the sides of your shoes as it is.
-Pain relief: If you experience sharp pains in your feet, or your feet routinely go numb inside your current shoes, there is a good chance your shoes are too narrow or too tight for you. More than likely, you might just have very wide feet and this is a recurring thing with any shoe you try (I know I have this problem). If you’re feet are extremely wide and you experience the above symptoms on a regular basis; elastic speed laces may be the answer to your prayers. They’ll offer a little more “give” to the sides of your shoes and help to eliminate most, if not all of your pain.
-Aesthetically pleasing: These laces come in a multitude of eclectic and zany styles that are sure to stand out or blend in to your liking. Now you can get functionality with the custom look you prefer.
So that’s speed laces in a nut shell for you. As for their durability, I’ve had a pair last me 3,400 miles while being switched between six different shoes. To add to their longevity, try not to toggle them at a very tight setting; the more stress on the elastic, the shorter its lifespan. Also, to avoid snags on brush or blow downs, tuck any excess lace back under the laces. If there is a lot of excess after you lace up your shoes, cut it off while leaving a few extra inches coming out of the toggle; then singe the ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying any further before snapping the end cap guard on. That is the best advice I can give you!
Footwear is a very personal choice that usually requires the help of a specialist if you don’t already know what you’re supposed to be wearing. In that regard, it is very difficult to make or accept footwear recommendations from people who don’t know you or your feet. Having said that, I feel 100% confident and certain in recommending Speed Laces to just about anyone. They are a universal recommendation that can improve the quality and performance of your already perfect/almost perfect shoe.
Word to the wise; if you have extremely narrow feet these laces may not be the best for you. Also, if you wear Solomon shoes which come with the thin, static lock laces, then these speed laces will be too thick to lace through the lace holes. If you own a pair of those types of Solomon shoes, then you know what I’m talking about. Either way, these laces are cheap enough to try out with virtually no risk. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain!
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