I bought my first pair of Lock Laces a few months ago when I signed up for my first triathlon. After all, I needed to do something to make my shoes easy to get on during transition, plus I liked the idea of not having to deal with shoes coming untied while I ran. I of course, bought them in pink, and they look fabulous in my shoes.
Also, do you know how hard it is to take a picture of shoes when there are nosy cats around?
But wait, what are Lock Laces? The best way I can describe them is that they are elastic shoelaces with a neat little locking mechanism you can use to tighten the laces rather than having to tie. (Their slogan is “Win. Never tie.” I love it.)
When you open a bag of Lock Laces, inside you will find two very long elastic laces, two locks, and two clips. You lace up your shoes like normal (the laces even have aglets – the little plastic things on the end of the lace). Then, you attach the locks. The next step is the scary step. You have to trim the laces to a normal length, about 2-3 inches below the lock. I recommend putting the shoe on before doing this so that you can be sure you’ve chosen a good length. The first time I did it, the laces were still way too long. The final step is attaching the clip to the end of the laces. And voila! Shoes that can’t untie.
The first time I tried them, the end of the clip was bouncing around a bit and it was annoying, but I figured that I would get used to it. Then, while at the indoor tri, I noticed a friend had Lock Laces in his shoes and he had tucked the end under the laces near his toe. Perfect! No bouncing! I used that method for the indoor tri and it was perfect. No trouble at all.
I was worried that because the laces are elastic, they would somehow overtighten my shoes. I sometimes have trouble with shoes being laced too tightly and causing pain in my feet, and I had nothing to worry about. No problems at all. And if they do feel tight, I can just loosen the lock a bit. Easy peasy.
Right now, I just have a pair in my main running shoes, but I’m about to break in a new pair of running shoes and I plan to put a set of Lock Laces in those as well.
Lock Laces sent me three packs of laces to review, but since I already own a pair (actually, I think I have a total of six pairs floating around my house), I’m using all three as giveaways. That’s right, three of you can win a pair of Lock Laces!