Introduction: Zip Up Laces
After finding myself repeatedly waiting to take my shoes off until it was time for bed, I realized I needed to figure out another way to lace my sneakers. I like my sneakers tied tightly, but it meant I had to tighten and tie them when putting them on and loosening several sections to take them off. No, it doesn't take that much effort, but after a long day of work, everyone is entitled to be a little extra lazy.
I went looking for a solution and found this. I had to have some! This instructable seems to be from back in the day when photo instructables were a thing, so here's my step by step version. Thanks for the inspiration rachel!
Step 1: Materials
Shoes (I'm using my made-to-order converse high tops, but I also made my husband some for his boots.)
2 zippers (I used 7" for the high tops.)
Tiny sharp scissors or other method for punching holes in fabric
Small eyelets and eyelet application tools
Small rivets and rivet application tools OR needle and thread
Shears or other tool for cutting/splitting the zipper teeth
Step 2: Applying Eyelets
Unlace your shoes.
Mark your zipper next to each eyelet on the shoe. (If the shoe eyelets are straight, you could lay the zipper underneath and put a pen through them to mark the zipper. My shoes have a curve to them, so I put the zipper up to the edge and eyed where to mark the zipper.)
Use your tiny scissors to cut a small hole on each mark.
Push the eyelet through the hole and use your eyelet tool to affix them.
Continue until you've applied all the eyelets on one side.
Step 3: 2nd Side
Unzip the zipper and fold the eyelet side over the 2nd side.
Use a pen to mark the 2nd side through the eyelets.
Apply eyelets to the 2nd side.
Step 4: 2nd Zipper and Finishing
Lay the first zipper over the 2nd zipper to mark the eyelet placement.
Apply eyelets to the 2nd zipper.
Fold over the bottom of the zippers with enough room for rivets.
Cut a hole for the rivets and use the rivet tool to affix them.
Cut the excess zipper off the back if there is any.
Repeat this process at the top.
Note: You could also stitch the top and bottom of the zippers. I had the rivets and tools already out, so I went with the rivets.
Step 5: Lace 'em and Enjoy
Lace them up and tie the excess laces in the back. The original instructable shows that the laces were cut and tied in a knot at the top, so this is also an option, but I didn't want to cut my laces.
They fit great and are so much easier to put on and take off!