Lock Laces: When Shoelaces Become Timesavers

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Lock Laces installed on my “work” shoes, in complementary yellow. Photo by Brad Moon

Uh, oh. He’s writing about shoe laces. Someone has a little too much time on his hands…

Actually, I don’t have enough time on my hands. That’s one of the reasons I’m loving these Lock Laces, elastic shoelaces. I work at home and I’m kind of finicky about footwear. I have shoes I wear indoors and shoes I wear outdoors. I don’t like switching them up or I’m tracking dirt, snow and everything else into the house. Which I then have to clean up, cutting into that valuable time. I’m in and out frequently, thanks to couriers and dogs and I’m not a big fan of slippers (feels like I’m not at work), so that meant a lot of tying and untying shoes.

I actually resorted to those elastic curly laces they use for kid’s shoes at one point, but they kind of made me feel like a big kid. And not in a good way. Plus, they’re short — made for kid’s feet, not size 12s. Then I discovered Lock Laces and I can’t say enough about these things. They make laced shoes easy to slip on and off, they look pretty cool (like I’m using them for a legitimate athletic reason, and not because I’m lazy) and they hold the shoes on snugly. They have a little more give over the shoe tongue that’s made walking on the treadmill more comfortable too. I’m in the process of replacing all my hiking and running shoes with these things. I figure I’ll gain hours of life back…

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A Better view of the locking mechanism. Image copyright Lock Laces

Actually, the Lock Laces would work pretty well with kid’s shoes too. My twins have had a lot of physical therapy on their hands and have fine motor control issues; while they can do up laces, it takes a lot longer than it needs to. I’m thinking of sticking these on their everyday runners just to make leaving for school a little less hectic. There’s only one size (you cut them down), so there’s no guesswork involved.

The only downsides I’ve found so far are the price — at 3 for $19.99, they’re a little more expensive than regular shoelaces — and the more or less permanent nature of the installation. There’s a plastic clip that clamps the loose ends and that makes it difficult to re-use the laces (although the clip can be removed with a small screwdriver as I discovered after messing up my first installation).

Anyway, if you’re tired of doing up shoe laces or your kids could use a little help with theirs, give Lock Laces a shot. They seem to be found in a lot of running specialty stores, but Amazon’s got them singly and in three packs.

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