Whether you’re a dedicated marathoner, a tennis player, a casual jogger or just plain like wearing sneakers, having the right shoe laces can affect your speed and even prevent injuries from happening. A few things to consider: variability in elasticity, flexibility, sizing and thickness. For example, elasticity can make a huge difference, as compression affects discomfort.
Thickness can also affect comfort, as it works better with sneakers and boots of a certain width over others. And then when it comes to sizing, there are styles that can be cut and even work for children’s shoes. So, to help you put your best foot forward, FN rounds up our top picks in laces.
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1. Lock Laces
Designed for triathletes, Lock Laces are made for the dedicated runner. But because the shoestrings are able to be trimmed and are adjustable via a fastener, they are versatile and can work for children.
Pros: This style is for tennis and running sneakers. The lock system prevents untying and having to stop on a run. Compression allows for appropriate sizing and helps reduce discomfort. Customizable as the laces can be trimmed according to your shoe size.
Cons: The elastic can give out.
2. OrthoStep Round Athletic Shoelaces
These laces by OrthoStep are available in 14 colors and are able to be used on boots, too.
Pros: While technically labeled as athletic shoe laces, they can be used on non-athletic styles. They are a sleek 1/8″ thick.
Cons: Not recommended for wider width shoes.
3. Birch's Oval Shoelaces
BIRCH’s Oval Shoelaces come in 26 colors, and are thinner than the previous styles listed. They are 1/4″ thick.
Pros: These come in a variety of sizes for adults and children.
Cons: Not recommended for wider-width shoes.