Products to Keep Your Shoelaces Tied

Shoelaces seem to be designed to come untied. It is annoying and unsafe to have to keep stopping and retying your shoes, but you don't want to risk tripping and falling. These gizmos and systems help keep your shoelaces tied. You can learn to tie a secure knot, use a tacky stick to make your existing laces less likely to untie, use lace locks on your current laces, or use replacement lacing systems. Some of them are useful for people who don't want to have to untie their shoes, but be able to slip them on and off while they remain secure. That can be important if you have back problems or lack flexibility to bend over and touch your toes.

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Ian's Secure Knot
Ian's Secure Knot. Wendy Bumgardner ©

This one isn't a product, it's a technique you can learn to tie your shoelaces and keep them tied. It really works, once you master it you'll find that shoes stay tied. You can even use it on a pair of athletic shoes that have slippery round laces and they will stay tied on long walks. It's worth taking a few minutes to learn and then practicing until it's old hat.

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These replacement laces feature a lace lock system so you won't ever have to tie your shoes. Instead, you'll simply release and secure the lack lock to take them off or put them on. These come in a variety of colors. You can easily adjust the tension and fit of your laces throughout the day as well. Best of all, they are reflective for night safety when you are walking or running.

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SafeLace

SafeLace
SafeLace. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Manufacturer's Site
This lacing product was invented as a mom's answer to untied sports shoes. It's made of soft silicone. You thread the top laces through it, tie the bow and then close the clasp. Voila, your lace are safe and secure. You don't ever have to remove the SafeLace device from your shoes. Just open it and untie the laces. Then it's all ready for the next time you tie your shoes. SafeLace comes in 10 colors including basic black, basic white, pink and blue.

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This elastic lace system uses shorter lengths of elastic laces locked with a clip. You use one Snaplace unit for each two to three eyelet holes. It is a good solution for being able to get into and out of your shoes by unclipping and reclipping. This is a good solution if you have trouble with back pain, etc. when bending over to lace your shoes. It also allows you to have different tension at different areas of the foot, such as looser over the toe box and tighter at the ankle. The laces and clips come in a variety of colors. They even have reflective laces, which are great for safety when walking.

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These elastic laces promise to stay tied, plus they expand and contract with your feet. They really work as promised and are a great convenience for people who have trouble bending over and tying their shoes. A reviewer reports using them on her distance training shoes for several months, including during a half marathon, without having to re-tie or adjust them. They come in white or black and short, medium, and long. The medium length is plenty long for your athletic shoes, even if you use fancy shoe lacing techniques to get a better fit.

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Yankz is a complete system of laces and lock. The instructional video is amusing with a tongue-in-cheek nod to "space age technology to keep your shoes tied."

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These elastic laces have collapsible knots that allow you to achieve a custom fit between each eyelet. If you have problems with your laces tightening or loosening, especially as you walk up and down hills, this is one answer to that problem. The little knots keep the laces from slipping through your lace eyelets, while the elastic allows for expansion as your foot moves and swells during walking workouts. You don't actually tie these laces, instead, you just adjust or trim them at the top eyelet.

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Lacekeeper comes in two styles. The Lacekeeper 1 is all-velcro—basically, a velcro X. You slide two ends of the velcro under two crosses of your laces and close those up. Then you tie your shoes and place the loose ends of the bow on the base of the X and close up the cross ends of the velcro. Now your laces are a nice tidy bundle on the top of your shoe. Your laces are kept secure and less likely to loosen up or come untied. The Lacekeeper 2 has a buckle on the top rather than just velcro. They say it should give extra security in wet and extreme environments. The designer and CEO of the company is a retired US Navy SEAL.

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Nathan Lock Laces is an elastic shoelace and locking system that features elastic laces combined with a spring activated locking device. You never need to tie your laces, just adjust the spring lock. You keep the loose ends contained in a clip, which you can tuck under your laces to keep things tidy. They come in a variety of colors. They are another system that is useful if you can't bend over to tie and untie your shoes.

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LaceLocker

LaceLocker
Wendy Bumgardner

Manufacturer's Site
This is a simple product to keep your laces tied and tucked away. Slip the bottom hook-and-loop tab underneath your laces. Open up the lace locker (two hook-and-loop wings open up), tie your shoes, and close the locker over the bow and loose ends. Now it's all spiffy and you won't be catching your laces or bow on anything. With nothing to tug loose, your shoes should stay tied. Made in the USA.

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Manufacturer's Site
Use this plastic spring lock to keep your laces secure rather than tying a bow. The slide-on lock is similar to what you see on sportswear. You could probably use it in addition to tying a bow, slipping the loose ends through the lock, for extra security. You may find these for sale at serious running shoe stores.

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Lace Stick (or Do It Yourself With Beeswax)

Lace-Stick
Lace-Stick

Vendor's Site
Lace Stick is is a good option to try for all of your laces—dress shoes as well as athletic shoes. You pull the lace through the opening in this stick and it puts slightly tacky coating on your laces so they won't come untied easily. The advantage is that it is invisible and doesn't add any time to tying and untying your shoes. It lasts for weeks and is very inexpensive. Unfortunately, it seems to be pretty hard to find. You can do-it-yourself with beeswax or a little rubber cement if you want to experiment. That seems like a good option, but not as elegant as mess-free as using the Lace Stick.

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LaceGuard

Manufacturer's Site
Use this H-Shape velcro strap to secure your laces on either side of your bow. You can also double up long laces in the tabs so you don't have excess laces flopping around. They come in a variety of colors to blend in with your laces or stand out for the style.

A Word From Verywell

It is important to ​get a good fit for your shoes by lacing them correctly. You don't want too loose of a fit or your foot may slide forward in the shoe, which can cause toenail trauma and black toenail, and it can contribute to getting blisters. but if your laces are too tight you may end up with foot pain and constriction as your feet swell when you walk or run. Whichever shoe lacing system you use, be sure to adjust it throughout the day for comfort.

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