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Top 12 Products to Keep Your Shoelaces Tied


Updated May 13, 2014

Shoelaces seem to be designed to come untied. It is annoying and unsafe to have to keep stopping and retying your shoes. These gizmos and systems help keep your shoelaces tied. They come in a few varieties: Tacky stick to make your existing laces less likely to untie, lace locks you place on or over your existing laces, and lacing systems to replace your current shoelaces.

1. Ian's Secure Knot

Ian's Secure Knot
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This one isn't a product, it's a technique you can learn to tie your shoelaces and keep them tied. I've used it on my workday shoes and haven't had to retie them for weeks. It also worked on a brand new pair of athletic shoes with slippery round shoelaces and kept them tied throughout long walks. It's worth learning!

2. Squeezums

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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. I've seen these for sale at serious running shoe stores.
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3. Wonder Laces

Wonder Laces
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These elastic laces promise to stay tied, plus they expand and contract with your feet. I tried them and found they really work as promised. I used them on my distance training shoes for several months, including during a half marathon. I never had to retie 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 shoelacing techniques like I do. It's a joy to be able to tie a bow and have it stay tied through walk after walk.

4. LaceLocker

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This is a nice 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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5. SafeLace

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This lacing product comes from Australia 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 its all ready for the next time you tie your shoes. SafeLace comes in five colors including basic black, basic white, pink and blue.
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6. Lace Stick

Lace Stick
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This is a good option to try for all of your laces - dress shoes as well as athletic shoes. This stick puts a safe, 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.

7. Yankz Sure Lace System

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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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8. Xtenex Ultimate Shoelaces

Xtenex Shoelaces
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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.

9. Lacekeeper

Lacekeeper 2
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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.

10. Lock Laces

Lock Laces
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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. I liked them a lot for my daily workout shoes. However, my assistant tester, Rich, declared that he just couldn't get the right fit with elastic laces.
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11. LaceGuard

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 style.

12. Easy-Laces

Another elastic lace and lock system, comes in a big variety of colors.

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