Elastic (No Tie) Shoelaces





Introduction: Elastic (No Tie) Shoelaces

 Tired of bending down to tie your shoe every  10 minutes?  Replace your old fashion shoe laces with an elastic band to create comfortable slip-ons.  This is very easy to do and only costs around $2.

This conversion is best for everyday shoes. 

How it works:
Elastic banding will replace your normal shoelaces.  This elastic banding will constantly be pulling the two parts of the shoe together making it like you just tied you shoe.  (but not to tight) 

Step 1: Supplies

 For this instructable you will need:

1 pair of shoes
3 Yards of 1/4 inch elastic band ($0.75 walmart craft section)
Needle and thread
Super glue ($1.00 walmart) (optional) 

Step 2: Unlace and Measure

Unlace 1 of your shoes leaving the other  shoe for a pattern.  

With the shoelace from one of the shoes, cut a strip of 1/4 elastic band 
roughly the same size.  

Put the elastic banding through the bottoms holes. Make sure that both sides of the elastic lace are lengthen evenly.

Step 3: Lace-Up

 Following the pattern of your other shoe to lace the elastic band. You may wish to change your pattern or keep the same one.  

(Helpful hint)
Its easier if you take the end of the elastic cord and fold in in half.

Step 4: Tying It All Together

 After you have finished lacing you shoe take the ends and make a simple cross.  

Determine how tight you like your shoes by putting them on and marking how tight the cross is relative to how tight your shoe is.

This mark is where you will sew it all together.

With your needle, simply make several loops in and out of the cross to secure it firmly.  

Tie the thread together and cut off the extra string surrounding the knot

Step 5: Finishing

Tie a simple knot over your thread work to lock in your perfect shoe fit.

Cut off excess slack in elastic banding.

(Optional) Super glue the knot 

Repeat previous steps to complete other shoe.


Step 6: Relax

 Thats it!  Very simple.

You can now roam freely without having to tie your shoe ever again.
These shoes are now very easy to put on.  AND no one can tell that you have elastic banding for shoelaces.

Have fun!



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You guys gotta try BOOMLACES. Great for easy on and off for your shoes and It actually helped me with my Planter fasciitis!

If you've got extra elastic lying around then great, but it would be much simpler to get a pair of Laceez, which have a patent pending system to lock the aglet into the eyelet. I got mine at https://mylaceez.com

I know some people would rather have a DIY project, but you can buy these for around $3. They come in a bunch of colors and also have a neat little keeper that keeps them as tight as you want them. I found mine at Sports Authority.

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Cool DIY...I got tired of having to deal with shoelaces on me and my boys' Chucks and Vans too! So I came up with Synch Bands (pronounced "cinch"). Adjustable elastic shoelaces that turn your shoes into slip-ons, all with no bows or tying :) http://synchbands.com Check 'em out and hopefully you dig them too!

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What a great idea! I usually buy elastic no tie curly shoelaces online from this site http://www.shoelaces.ecrater.com/p/3982912/curly-laces-shoelaces-white-no but it is so cool to make them yourself.

Also cool are "no tie shoelaces" you can google it; they are curly elastic bands which you thread through your shoe while it is on your foot & then simply pull the ends to tighten.. They are terrific for younger children, but i like thelm too!

i couldnt find the elastic band is there any other name it could be found under by?