Lace Anchors 2.0

February 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Some of you may have heard of Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is a crowd funding website where people pitch ideas and others pledge to fund them. I follow the ideas and have pledged on a number of ideas. Yesterday I found Lace Anchors 2.0.

Lace Anchors are a plastic strip that goes onto your shoelaces and secures them so you don’t have to tie them. No bows means no laces coming untied.

Here is some of the text from their Kickstarter project.

Are you tired of your shoelaces? It seems as if it’s a never-ending cycle of tie and untie.  How about those of us that double knot, that makes for some fun challenges sometimes doesn’t it? Usually it’s my kid’s shoes. Shoelaces also have a mind of their own, coming undone at some of the most inconvenient times possible. It’s fun to know that you can cheat the system of tying your shoes and never have them come undone again. You may be thinking I can just tie a knot and slip my foot in and out without untying my shoes every time, while this is true, you won’t have the same consistent solid fitting shoe day after day that Lace Anchors 2.0 provides!

It seems to never fail. Just when you get warmed up and your going strong, it happens, your shoe comes untied! I may have put on a few pounds over the winter so far, but I’m a fairly frequent runner. I have put over 250 miles on a pair of my running shoes with Lace Anchors installed and the results are flawless. Your shoes always have the same consistent fit and your laces never come undone!

Lace Anchors 2.0

Lace Anchors 2.0

Installation is so easy!  Our packets will include step-by-step instructions with pictures on the back, or to make it even EASIER just watch the video below! Make sure to install the Lace Anchors 2.0 with your foot in your shoe as shown in the video, that will allow you to find the perfect fit that your looking for. This is the type of product that you will use not even realizing how simple and comfortable they make everyday life with your shoes, until you go without them.  Once you use them in one pair of shoes, you’ll be hooked!

Two questions in their FAQ section are important. First, can I run with Lace Anchors 2.0 installed? Absolutely, I ran 2-4 miles everyday for 2 months straight with my Lace Anchors 2.0 installed. For those of you that have struggled with heel slippage problems throughout your life, watch the “another option” video in the above section.

Second, are Lace Anchors 2.0 adjustable? Yes, they allow you to find the sweet spot when installing.  This means you will be able to find the fit you desire and how tight or loose you decide to make your slip-ons.  For my regular everyday use, I like my shoes to slip on and off extremely easy, for my running shoes I prefer a snug fit.

Whether for you or your children, check out this Lace Anchor Kickstarter project.

The Shoelace Puzzle

January 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Yesterday I bought a pair of Rockport ProWalkers for casual wear. I bought them at a Rockport store in an outlet mall. Like I talked about in my last post, there was no sales clerk around. I found two pair around my Thumbnail_20060708shoelacessize and found a bench. Under the bench was a Bannock Device so I measured my feet. I know how they work but no one was around to tell anyone else if they were doing it right. Anyway, I ended up with an 11 wide and they fit well.
     The problem? The shoelaces are too short. While I can tie them, it’s just barely. No room for big fingers in the lace loops! Why can’t a brand name shoe company sell shoes with laces that fit? Is that too hard? Not as long as those in the picture here, but at least long enough to tie with a few extra inches for comfort.
     Could I have not purchased the shoes? Sure, but they are comfortable and it is hard to find wide shoes for my feet. I’ll make do – after buying a new pair of shoelaces.

With Footwear, Try then Adjust

October 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment
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A few posts ago, I talked about lacing options. Several of these were stretchy laces that are used instead of regular shoelaces.

     Then a few days ago I read a report from a triathlete who said after a marathon: “My left instep is still quite bruised – it took a pounding from the stretchy triathlon shoelaces that I used and whooops! – never adjusted quite properly. Lesson learned: too loose is better than too snug.”

     In other words, she put the laces in her shoes and ran in them without adjusting them to fit her feet. This is an easily made and common mistake. When you make changes to our footwear, learn to try… and then adjust as necessary. You can apply this same failure to other parts of your footwear.

·        Wearing new shoes for a walk, race or hike without trying them first – it’s easy to miss a bad fit, a rough inside seam, or a wrong fitting arch. Walk around the house in them for a few hours.

·        Wearing new socks in an event without first trying them inside your shoes – the socks may be thicker or thinner then your previous socks, making the fit different.

·        Changing to a new lubricant without knowing how it will hold up over the long run.

·        Slapping a Band-Aid over a hot spot or blister without knowing there are better patches that will last longer and provide better protection.

Shoe Lacing Products

October 10, 2005 by · 2 Comments
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Several lacing products work well for running and walking shoes, and some boots. These products replace the normal shoelaces and end the problem of laces coming untied or broken. Experiment with these laces to find the most comfortable degree of lace tightness that does not cause undo pressure on the instep and yet controls the heel. A product that can help with instep irritations is a tongue cushion.
     Easy Laces are lockable shoelaces featuring a stretchy elastic cord with an interlocking lock where the usual bow is tied. The foot is slipped into the shoe or boot without releasing the lock, or the lock can be released to open the shoe further. The laces are available in a myriad of colors. For those not wanting the lock at the instep, cross the right lace over and under the shoe and the through the lock. This moves the lock to the side of the shoe.
     Hapad Tongue Cushions prevents rubbing and comforts shoe irritations at the instep. If you have narrow heels, it also holds the foot back into the heel of the shoe for a better fit. The coiled, spring-like wool fibers provide firm and resilient support. The pad attaches to the underside of the tongue of the shoe.
     Lacelocks, sometimes called cordlocks, are simple plastic cylinder with a botton that locks or releases a lace run through a center hole. Two laces easily fit through the hole, securing the lace at the desired tension. These are usually found in sporting goods stores.
     The Lace-Stick is for athletes whose laces come untied. Offered in a small tube, Lace-Stick puts a sticky, wax-like, invisible and safe formula on the laces to prevent their unwanted untying.
     Lock-Laces feature specially designed elastic laces combined with a spring activated locking device. The high-tension springs are made from a metal alloy that won’t rust or corrode. The locking device holds the laces (when knotted) in place so they stay secure and maintain the same constant tension on the foot and never loosen. Available in a variety of colors and lengths.
     Speed Laces consists of six plastic eyelet fittings, laces, a cord-lock and a lace-pull. The risers fasten into the lace holes and allow the laces to tighten evenly above the surface of the shoes. The cord-locks and lace-pulls allow self-adjusting equal tension of the laces.
     The Shoelace Place offers a wide mix of laces. They give a description of the laces including what the laces are made of and offer all types of laces in assorted colors and lengths. 
     Ultimate Shoelaces are unique elastic laces with small soft collapsible knots about every half-inch. By stretching the lace, the knots disappear. Simply stretch the laces to feed them through the eyelets of your shoes. After lacing adjust the tension between eyelets. This unique lace allows different tensions between eyelets of the same shoe. The ProKnot Ultimate Sport Lace has a 2 ½ to 1 stretch ratio while the PowerKnot Ultimate Extreme Lace has a 5 to 1 ratio. Laces come in a variety of colors and lengths.
     The Yankz Sure Lace System includes expandable cord laces and locking devices with two points of adjustability providing a custom fit. A toe clip hook holds the extra loop of lace. Shoes can be changed without unlocking the laces.

The Simple Act of Tying Your Shoelaces

October 8, 2005 by · Leave a Comment
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Some people have problems with shoelaces causing friction and pressure. They may experience bruising over the instep where the laces tie. Laces can be adjusted to fine-tune the fit of the shoe or boot and to relieve pressure over the instep. Lacing variations can make a shoe fit better and allow for needed spacing in the tongue area or provide for better heel control. The conventional method of lacing, criss-cross to the top of the shoe, works best for the majority of people. On the other end of the spectrum, are those whose laces never stay tied.

Lacing Tips
Rather than double knotting, gather the loops and lace ends and tuck them through one or two of the cross strands towards the toe of the shoe. This prevents laces from coming untied as effectively as double knotting and is much easier to untie. Also when running through brush it keeps the laces from getting snagged or picking up debris.
     To keep laces from coming untied, tie a simple knot in the end of your laces. Additionally when tying your shoes, instead of leaving extra lace, pull on each of the loops until the end knot is snug to the bow. Finally, tuck the loops under one or two of the crossing of the laces of the shoe. First, however, make sure your laces are as short as possible so the loops are not too long.
     Tying the laces too tight can create pressure on the bony, thin shinned tops of your feet. This can be worse if you have high arches or your shoes have thin tongues. Try flat instead of round laces, use elastic laces, or lace your shoes to avoid the foot pain area.
     Ian’s Shoelace Site shows a variety of knots for tying shoes. The Ian’s Secure Shoelace Knot is the best for active athletes. On his site, Ian describes and shows many knot variations.
     If you will be in wet or cold weather, steer clear of loosely woven or cotton laces. Check you local outdoor store for laces made of polyester, nylon, or a blend of materials. Many athletes find their round laces come untied faster than any other design. Kevlar laces are very strong but may have to be double knotted to stay tied.
     The next post will discuss a few of the lacing alternatives.

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