Yes, this is a post about shoelaces. Sort of.
No matter how, or how well, I tied my shoes they would come loose whenever I walked or ran. It did not happen all the time, but it happened often enough for it to be bothersome, and, I suppose, somewhat dangerous. I also had problems whenever I rode my bike and my right shoelace would get caught between the chain and gear. Last year when one of our local athletic stores (the kind that is locally owned and caters to serious bicyclist, runners, and swimmers) had their annual shoe sale I made a discovery. A bucket full of these little doodads called cord locks. I think they started out being used on clothing and sort of migrated to shoes. I thought I would try a pair during an upcoming 5k because I did not want to stop in the heat of competition to tie my shoes. A rookie mistake like putting your number on your back. I have been hooked every since.
This is the original pair that I am still using. I now own four additional pairs in various colors. At first I thought they might break, come loose, or somehow otherwise fail to meet my satisfaction. They have exceeded all expectations, to the point I keep them on my training shoes, my competition shoes, and my beater shoes I wear for everyday use or to do house chores. I can honestly say that I no longer have issues with loose or tangled shoelaces, and the shoelaces last much longer. I also discovered it is easier, and faster, to get my shoes on and off. Plus there is a bonus use. You know those running shorts, with the tie string, that keep coming loose on you when you run? One of these bad boys makes that problem go away too.
You can see how I put them on. The trick is to not to cut the laces too short, but yet keep them long enough so you can get in and out of the shoes. As a general rule I cut the cords short enough so I cannot step on them. That seems to be short enough so that they do not get caught up in the bicycle as well.
I suppose the one drawback is they look kind of geeky. I don’t care. There are fancier methods such as stretchy shoe strings, with fancier fasteners, but this is a simple fix. I love things that work. I really love simple things that work well.