- May 16th, 2014
- By Mike Robbins
When was the last time you thought about your shoe laces? If you are like most people, probably never. But the fact of the matter is that shoelaces are actually some of the most important aspects of your wardrobe. They are especially crucial for athletic applications, but even if you have never run a day in your life (and have no intention of doing so!), it might be worth giving some thought to how you ensure that your shoe stays on your foot!
Nowadays, shoe laces come in an exceedingly wide and varied array of makes and models, although most are simply variations of the traditional shoelace design. For hundreds of years–and even well into there 21st century–shoelaces have been made from a variety of natural fibers including cotton, hemp, jute, and other materials commonly used in manufacturing rope. These shoelaces work very well for the most part, and most people never have a need to change them out for anything else.
Over the past several years, there has been a number of unique new designs that have flooded the market, many of which promise superior performance, better reliability, and generally more bang-for-the-buck than your standard issue shoe laces. While many of these so-called ‘innovations’ do not really bring anything new to the table, a few of them actually take on a unique approach to the hoary old traditional shoelace paradigm. By enhancing its strengths and eliminating its weaknesses, these new shoelaces have taken the technology to greater heights of performance and reliability.
A good example are the shoelaces known as ‘speed laces’. Also called ‘elastic laces’ and various other names, these laces feature state-of-the-art materials and construction, and are designed so that they have knots at regular intervals throughout the lace. When stretched out, these laces can slip into the eyelets of the shoe easily. Once they are released however, they lock into place and make slipping and bunching up virtually impossible. The result is a shoe that has a firm and reliable grip that will hold under even the most rigorous use and yet is easy to remove and put on when the need arises.
Certain types of shoelaces are better suited for elderly uses and children as well. A secure grip is just as important for these users, and the unique design of these state-of-the-art laces make them easy to fasten and undo without having to bend down for too long. For elderly users that are finding it increasingly more difficult to bend down to tie their shoes, these types of laces are a godsend.
So much for performance…what about style? The good news is that shoelaces come in a variety of styles, textures, and materials as well, so there are plenty of options to choose from if making a fashion splash with your footwear is a top priority. Better still; some brands on the market actually combine state-of-the-art design and materials with an up-to-the-minute fashion sensibility, essentially giving you the best of both worlds.