Not many people give thought to their athletic shoelaces, but they are actually some of the most important components in your get up. Whether you are a weekend jogger or a 5 mile-a-day kind of runner, having the right set of shoelaces is essential for avoiding discomfort and injury.

If you are still using the same shoelaces that came with your shoes, you may not be getting the best possible performance from your investment. Although many of the higher-priced brands of footwear on the market have been designed specifically as a complete performance system, other brands may not have been designed with the same attention to detail and adherence to specification. Although you should be able to enjoy satisfactory performance with your current shoe-shoelace combination, changing out to better shoelaces might increase comfort and improve performance considerably. Certain shoelaces can even increase safety and reduce the risk of accidents, making an ‘upgrade’ and even better idea.

One of the key issues affecting virtually all shoelace brands on the market is friction. A certain amount of friction is acceptable–and perhaps even necessary–depending on the circumstances. But it becomes less of quality and more a liability with athletic shoes. For sports applications, it is often more beneficial to have less friction and instead offer greater durability and reliability. In fact, some of the more advanced shoe designs do away with the need for friction entirely, essentially basing the entire fastening system on elastic laces that have virtually no friction.

Some laces are designed so that they can be fastened and unfastened quickly and easily. This is an especially important quality for athletic shoelaces, given the demands of many athletic events and situations. Sometimes you need to be able to switch footwear quickly, and rely on superior performance at all times. Precious seconds count in certain cross-country and cross-training events, and having laces that are designed for quick and easy fastening can give you the edge you need to win over the competition.

You don’t necessarily have to give up style for high performance either. The market has literally exploded in hundreds of designs over the past few years, and many of them have been designed for looks as well as performance. Available in a multitude of colors and pattern, different materials and textures, today’s crop of hi-technology shoelaces do more than just work well…they also make you look good!

Nowadays, you can generally get a better deal buying online, especially if you are shopping in bulk. Many brands of athletic shoelaces even come in packs of a dozen or more, so you never have to worry about running out of your favorite shoelaces! Best of all, online dealers usually have access to a much bigger stock or can quickly find what you want from an affiliate store. You therefore have many more options to choose from and you are generally assured of a better price. The market for athletic shoelaces is literally taking off with some truly great designs, so look into them now and enhance your athletic performance!

To find out more about athletic shoelaces, call Xtenex Corporation at 1-888-498-3639.