No-Tie Shoelaces For Easy Dressing
Laces are so last century. Any shoe can now be a slip-on.
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Slip-ons often come in and out of fashion. One summer, you can’t walk a block without seeing a pair of slip-on Vans or Keds; another, it seems like everyone is lacing up again. One thing about slip-ons, though, is that they have the right idea. If there’s a way to have a secure fit on a shoe, but eliminate the need for all the loosening, tightening, tying, re-tying, and squeezing, that seems like a good thing. They’re a great way to make your life just a little bit easier. Here are some of our favorite picks for the best no-tie shoelaces.
No-tie laces rely on a small locking piece, almost like the plastic tab on a bag of bread—either inside or outside your shoe. That keeps the laces in place, and also allows you to tighten or loosen them as needed. Keep an eye out for no-tie laces that are flat, rather than round or cylindrical. Flat laces lie more neatly against the tongue of the shoe; most shoes come with flat laces for this reason and are designed to have them as well.
There are a few different types of no-tie shoelaces, with different strengths and weaknesses. Some look mostly like regular laces, but replace the tied bow knot with some kind of easier, quicker latch. Some are simply stretchy laces that you tighten once, then slip on and off afterward. In general, no-tie laces come with a hefty amount of elastic in the material, for easier tightening without the need to tie.
One of the major issues to consider with a no-tie shoelace is how you’ll be using them. For just regular walking shoes, you can be fine with the tighten-once variety; those will usually screw together at the top of the tongue, or maybe prop just inside the eyelets. But for athletic shoes, you’ll generally want some more stability and a more snug fit. In that case, opt for a variety that allows you to tighten each time you put them on. You’ll still save time over traditional laces, but with the support you need for athletics.