A few weeks ago, I read a post on Twitter from a runner (@Running_BJ) where he was making reference that he was having some discomfort on the top of his feet while running, and thought he was having having something go seriously wrong with his feet. He stated he did some research, and decided to check his shoelaces. It turned out that was what was causing his issues. He decided to check into Speedlaces.
After reading his posting, I commented on how I too was having some similar issues, and said I was going to check them out. I’m SO glad I did.
After some emailing back and forth with the great people at Speedlaces, I was able to get my hands on a few of their products, the iBungee laces, the Race Runner laces, and their Zero Friction Fittings.
From the Speedlaces website:
Made with a multi-strand latex core and a polyester jacket for strength and expansion, iBungee laces flex with the motion of your feet. They turn any shoe into a slip-on that goes on & off effortlessly. iBungee provides plush comfort, and is great for relieving sensitive feet and overcoming injury.
Race Runners Lacing
Non-stretch race-runners are the choice of athletes wanting a locked-in feeling for maximum support & stability. They are recommended for stop & go sports, trail running, and activities requiring support.
With a nylon core and polyester jacket, race-runners are made in a patented triangle weave for optimum performance.
Step up to Zero Friction Fittings
iBungee & Race-Runners laces alone provide great results for runners at all levels. However, many athletes seeking maximum fit & function step up to Zero-Friction Fittings. Zero-Friction Fittings eliminate friction by raising your laces to the surface of the shoe. Your laces glide easily and amazing things happen. You no longer struggle with uneven lace tension because tension always starts and stays equal throughout the shoe. Laces automatically micro-adjust continuously by adapting to the changing forces and pressures during your stride.
I got the Speedlaces a few weeks ago, and laces them into my shoes. I put the pair of iBungee laces into one pair of my running shoes, and I laced the Race Runner laces with the Zero Friction Fittings into my other shoes. The laces were extremely easy to install, and they system of the laces works even better. They basically turned both pair of my running shoes into slip-on shoes that I never have to worry about lacing up again for a tight fit. All I do is give the laces a nice tug, lock them in place, and away I go!!
What an immediate difference. The pain that I had been feeling in my upper feet had subsided to the point, there was no discomfort, and I think it has to do with the fact that the laces really give with your foot.
On the one pair of shoes I have the iBungee laces, they work incredible. No slipping of the shoes on my feet while running, no feeling of discomfort, and the great thing is the laces stay nice and tight once locked in.
On my other pair of shoes with the Race Runner laces and the Zero Friction Fittings, again, these work equally as good. Unlike the iBungee laces that are exactly that, like bungee cords, the Race Runner laces are a little more conventional, yet work in the same matter as the iBungee laces. The difference here is in the Zero Friction Fittings. What a great option. The Zero Friction Fittings take the place of the regular eyelets in the shoes by being screwed into a few of the eyelets. The laces are then laced thru those Fittings, and then, all you do is pull the laces tight from the top, and the entire lacing system tightens itself in one tug. Lock them into place, and you are good to go!!!
After running w/ both lacing systems, I really can’t tell which one I like more, but one thing for sure is I will only be using the Speedlaces in ANY new running shoes I buy. They work great, are easy to install, and make putting shoes on and taking them off a breeze!!!
Pros of Speedlaces:
- Ease of installation and use
- Very comfortable
- Many options for all levels of runners
Cons of Speedlaces