A couple of years ago, I wrote a post appealing to run clothing manufacturers to add more zipper pockets to their pieces. I think things have improved in this regard and I’m quite sure it had everything to do with that post because we bloggers are all powerful like that.
Since my efforts worked so well on that issue, I thought it was time to tackle another design element that bugs me, that being the crappy, way-too-easy-to-come-untied shoelaces that most running shoes feature. Can I get an amen on that?
I mean really, Asics, Nike, New Balance, Under Armour, Brooks, Merrell, Saucony, Mizuno, etc.: you all can do better. Nothing is more annoying than being totally in your groove on a run and then noticing that your shoe is untied. Having to stop that perfect rhythm and bend down to tie a lace just kind of puts a damper on the run.
I’ve even gone so far as to ignore loose laces in the middle of a run or race simply because I didn’t feel like stopping to tie them. Ask my friends about the year we ran Richmond and at least 50 people came by us saying, “hey, your shoe is untied.” That was fun.
I know, I know. There are things like Lace Locks and Yankz, and believe me, I have used them from time to time. There’s also double knotting your shoes. This is fine, I suppose, for a training run. But in a race where the organizer is still using shoe chips that need to be removed at the finish line, it’s not so fine. Really, I just think that someone could design two feet of some sort of material that could stay tied with one simple knot, don’t you?
So shoe companies, please take up this cause. This major #firstworldproblem needs your attention.
Who’s with me on this? Have you found any laces that beat the system?