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Lose the laces with this no-tie shoe hackElastic shoe bands brought me to love my lace-up shoes again.
[MUSIC] There are a handful of archaic things we do that drive me crazy. We leave voice mail instead of texting. People still hand out tiny pieces of paper with their phone number written on them. And of course, we secure our shoes to our feet by tying strings around them. That's why I've always been more of a slip-on kind of guy, but I could never find enough laceless shoes that I liked. And then I discovered a low tech shoe hack that rescued my forgotten lace up shoes and proved to me once and for all that shoe laces are a throwback best forgotten. Several companies sell a version of these elastic shoe laces. They aren't long rubber strings that you have to thread and tie like a regular lace, but instead short bands that go horizontally across eyelet to eyelet. They come in kids and adult sizes in a wide variety of colors and each set includes about nine pairs of bands of [UNKNOWN] You just use your fingers or maybe a tablet stylus to push the anchor shape rubber ends through the isles of your shoes and then you're good to go. I found this no tie laces to be secure and comfortable and you can mix and match colors for a style that's either bold or subtle I tried a few different brands of laces. Most are about the same and cost around eight dollars for a pair of shoes. Fancier brands like Hickies cost around twice that. I feel like my shoe collection has doubled in size since I started switching all my lace-up shoes to these no-tie bands. And I encourage everyone to join me in a lace-free future. [MUSIC]