What are elastic shoelaces?
Elastic shoelaces are a great choice for athletes of any sport or activity, but are particularly helpful for triathletes who want to shave off each precious second of their triathlon race. They help triathletes do so by being exceptionally quick to fasten, which helps in making their transition period mighty fast.
They are also good for those who want more control over the tightness of their shoe, for those whose feet tend to expand or swell during exercise, or even for those who just want a quicker and more convenient way of tying their shoelaces.
How do they work?
Elastic shoelaces work by massively reducing the amount of friction that occurs in regular static shoelaces. For example, take your running shoe with normal laces, and try to squeeze your foot into the shoe with first adjusting the laces. You will probably find that the shoe is too tight for you to get on right now. So in order for you to get your feet into those shoes, you either have to push really hard (and will probably damage the shoe or your foot), or you have to fiddle around and adjust the laces to reduce the friction that is currently holding them in place.
With elastic laces, this friction is totally diminished. This is because they are looser and more flexible. They move with whatever movement they feel, so if your foot is going in, they expand effortlessly. Elastic laces essentially turn your running shoes into slip ons, and your feet go smoothly into them in one quick movement.
Not only are they much easier and more efficient to get on and off, they are also secure, simple to use, comfortable, durable, and most importantly, affordable! But what is the correct way to tie your elastic shoelaces?
Items you will need:
- Running shoes
- Elastic Laces
- Locking Device
- Cord Tip Clip
Step 1: Grab your running shoes and remove the current laces from them. Set them aside or if we’re being honest, you won’t want them after trying elastic laces, so throw them away!
Step 2: Next, open the elastic laces and re-lace your running shoes with them. You do this in the same way you would lace regular shoelaces. Simply thread the elastic laces through the holes, and create a zigzag formation from the bottom, all the way up to the top, reaching the tongue.
Step 3: Now it’s time to add the locking mechanism. It is a good idea to put the shoe on your foot at this stage, so you gauge and test your desired tension and tightness levels. To open the lock holes, press down on the top of the lock where there is a small ‘button’. Now insert each lace into the two holes in the lock. Thread the laces through until the lock is close to your shoe, and when the tension feels sufficient. You may need to walk around or jog on the spot to ensure the tension feels right.
Step 4: Once the lock is where you want it to be (with your desired tension), get your scissors and cut the excess lace. Make sure you are leaving at least 2 – 3 inches below the lock when you are cutting so that there is from to move the lock up and down.
Step 5: Now that the lock is at a suitable tension and the laces are at an appropriate length, get the cord tip clip and open it. Insert the very ends of the laces into the clip. It is crucial that you align the ends of the laces with the teeth that are inside the cord clip. Why? To make sure that the clip stays on securely enough and does not fall off. If the laces aren’t lined up with the teeth, then it is possible that they will be able to slide out whilst you are running. Once both lace ends are inside the clip, push the clip together to lock it in place. Now your laces will be locked in position.
Step 6: When it comes to putting the shoe on and using it for sporting or activities, all you have to do is slide your foot into the shoe, and pull the locking device towards the top of your foot until it is sitting at a decent level of tightness. One swift movement and you are good to go!
And that’s it! The whole process of installing your elastic laces should take no more than 5 minutes. Once your elastic laces are installed into your running shoes, you don’t have to worry about needing to adjust them again. All you’ll need to do is move the locking device up and down to determine your most preferred level of tightness, tension, and comfort. It really is as easy as that.