Shoe tying has been an annoying interruption for me ever since I had kids. From the moment they started walking it seems there have been loose laces flapping and flying and me running behind them. On more than one occasion a lace caused a trip, which caused a fall, which caused the skinned knee that brought whatever we were doing to a dead stop for the requisite kisses before tying the darn things again.
Now I go to ballgames and we watch referees hold up the game for kids to stop and tie shoe laces. In fact, shoe tying is practically a ritual in recreation leagues, hence the refs know to watch for it. No matter how many velco shoes they make for kids, and we have tried them all, the standard for athletic shoes is still lace-ups. In 200 years of shoe making, this is still the best we have.
So when I saw Lace Stick at Bass Pro Shops amongst all the waterproof hunting boots and paraphernalia (no, I have no interest in hunting, but was strangely drawn to the stuffed racoon atop the display), I had to try it. If hunters – the people who look forward to rising before dawn to sit motionless in tree stands for hours in frigid weather – use this stuff, it must be good. It stands to reason that you can’t stop to tie a shoe when you’re after game and you have a dangerous weapon in your hands.
to apply Lace Stick, you just draw the laces through the hole in the cap, barely coating the lace with a slightly tacky, dry and colorless substance. Tie the shoes as usual and you’re good to go.
Many ballgames later, Lace Stick has proven to be effective. In fact, laces don’t even cross my mind anymore.
Besides athletic situations, I’m not having to harp about school shoes that are untied or breaking my nails to undo impossible double knots that any 18th century pirate would be proud to claim. I think I am making peace with lace-up shoes.
Lace Stick is around three bucks and I’ve learned it’s sold at most athletic stores in addition to Bass Pro Shops. If I were a daycare instructor, I would keep it in my pocket at all times. After all, it takes a few years before that pincer grasp can move from grabbing Cheerios to tying laces, and I don’t need any extra skinned knees to blow.