Why are shoelaces so long?
It’s all too familiar. Your 4 eyelet shoes came with a pair of shoelaces 57″ long. Why? This seemingly small problem causes confusion and frustration for many, is a frequently googled question, and just seems wasteful. Best we can tell, there are a couple of factors that lead to the issue, but in general there is one common reason; shoe companies have to cover all their bases.
While most of us use the common crisscross lacing method for our shoes, there are a number of lacing methods, each requiring various shoelace lengths. In addition, all sizes of shoes have to be accounted for. Whether you wear a size 7 or a size 20, the shoe manufacturer has to ensure that all shoes can be fully laced up. As a result, the length that was deemed necessary for that size 20 sneaker is the same length you receive. This way, shoes don’t have to be returned simply because the laces were too short to tie. Additionally shoelace manufacturers only offer so many standard lengths. Custom sizing is possible, however this often proves to be more expensive than one of the “stock” options made available.
Exceedingly long laces give rise to several other problems too. The obvious is that 10″ of excess lace on each side of the shoe presents tripping hazards. Not only that, but those floppy bow tie ears are going drag through dirt, water, and potentially undesirable substances. You could solve the problem by double, triple, or even quadruple tying your laces but then you’re eventually going to have to figure out how to untie that mess.
The good news is you have options!
There are a number of methods you can use to shorten those long bow ties. For example, you could try one of the other means of lacing up your shoes. There are plenty of websites and videos out there that will show you these different lacing patterns and knots. In addition, you can cut your laces to a size suitable for your shoes or wrap them around the shoe if you wear high tops or boots.
While these are perfectly valid solutions, the problem still remains that standard shoelaces are harmful to your feet. This is because our feet naturally swell throughout the day. When this happens, what may have felt like a secure fit in the morning, by mid afternoon is much to tight. Your foots is going numb, your shoes are painful, and those too tight laces are restricting blood flow, blocking veins, and potentially even crushing the bones
in your foot. Standard, and even many elastic shoelaces are ineffective, harmful and cumbersome. Our solution?
Xtenex Xlaces! Xtenex compression fit shoelaces come in various sizes to accommodate all your needs! Whether you need shorter, longer, wider, or skinnier laces, we have a fit for you. Not only do we offer appropriate sizing, Xtenex shoelaces are no tie, and are used to form your shoes around your foot, ensuring all day comfort, stability, and ease. Life is hectic enough, choose Xtenex laces and experience a world shoelace-worry free.Folllow Me To a better way!