One of the most annoying things to deal with is having to stop to tie your shoes. You could be in the middle of doing something important, or you might have your hands full of groceries – it always seems to happen at the worst of times. However, resolving your undone laces usually takes priority over everything, as falling flat on your face is probably the least desirable outcome.
Though it may seem like something very minor, there are actually a lot of intricacies to lacing. Most of us were taught the basics at a very young age, but depending on the type of footwear and what you are using them for, you could actually be tying them wrong. There are proper guides available that cater to different types of feet, footwear and activities, and all of these are meant to give you a proper level of support, comfort, safety and performance. An article published on WebMD states, "Running and walking are among the purest, most natural forms of exercise around." So why not be well equipped and prepared?
Velcro shoes were supposed to be the answer for society’s shoelace woes. For some casual wearers, they do make things a lot easier. However, they simply don't provide the same tight-fitted security that laces do. This snug fit is important in relieving excess pressure on feet and can help reduce injuries, pain and discomfort.
Sadly, how seemingly easy they come undone remains as the main drawback to laces. Maybe someday the self-tying laces from "Back to the Future" will become more practical, but until then, you can try fooling your friends with this clever magic trick. As the video below demonstrates, just a flick of your foot can make it appear as if your laces have tied themselves.