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Shoelaces are not high tech

  1. Apr 12, 2004 #1

    There has to be a better way considering the advancement in technology these days.

    I'm watching movies from over 20 years back, and I see people tying shoelaces. Shoelaces don't cut it anymore.

    With all the time wasted tying shoes.

    Have any of you been on a Cruise vacation? If the ship sinks, the crew members always advise that you leave the ship in a calm manner with life jackets and good shoes.

    So the boat is sinking, and you are struggling to tie a double-knot in order to escape the boat in time. No, doesn't cut it.

    It's repetitive, shoelaces can be dirty and they come undone. And it's just a b!tch when gum gets stuck on them. :frown:

    A lot of young people don't even tie there shoes. Of course, this is seen as sloppy and careless. Some have them tied loosely and never untie them (skateboarders).

    There have been zippers on some AND1 basketball shoes, they were okay. However, they only work in conjunction with shoelaces. People over 12 don't usually use Velcro.

    So, let's change history and come up with a solution.
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  3. Apr 12, 2004 #2

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    i have velcro trainers..... but it is a "lacism" campaign in England... it's fashionable to have velcro apparently, as long as it is concealed.... what's next?? Jelly shoes?
  4. Apr 12, 2004 #3
    How about air pumps, just like the old Reeboks.

    Except, you don't have to pump them up for 5 minutes until the shoe actually starts tightening.

    I'm talking about 3 pumps, and the shoe fits. The pump is made for that size of a shoe.

    You pump a few times and the shoe fits. Perfect for just walking or athletes.

    I may copyright this idea. It's perfect!!!

    What do you all think!?

    I'll call them: "Dag Kick Pumps"
  5. Apr 12, 2004 #4
    The old Reebok pumps sucked! Sucked!

  6. Apr 13, 2004 #5
    This problem was solved a long time ago with a kind of shoe called a "loafer". Loafers were very popular for about 20 years. No laces. You just slipped your foot into them like an Indian mocasin. The only limit to the loafer was that it had to be low cut, and was a relatively light shoe. It wasn't something you could wear doing construction or wilderness hiking: no protection. It was a great, convenient everyday shoe, though.
  7. Apr 13, 2004 #6
    BUT, you can't use it for everything.

    What if you were out on the street and you had to run or wanted to play a quick game of basketball/soccer?

    Then what!?
  8. Apr 13, 2004 #7
    You could run or play basketball in them perfectly well. Soccer would be hard on the polish.
  9. Apr 13, 2004 #8


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    I love loafers. :biggrin: Don't forget zoob, they now have those slip on sneaker clogs.
  10. Apr 13, 2004 #9

    Tom Mattson

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    With a name like "zoobyshoe", I'd think you'd have a more revolutionary suggestion than "loafers". :rolleyes: :wink:

    What exactly is a zoobyshoe, anyway, and where can we get a pair???
  11. Apr 14, 2004 #10


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    Are you insane!? I once sprained an ankle so badly in low-cut basketball sneakers that I was on crutches for months. I haven't played basketball without hightops and an ankle brace since. If I had been wearing loafers my foot probably would have snapped off altogether.

    Plus, I had to wear loafers as part of a dress code for school way back when, and they looked dorky.
  12. Apr 14, 2004 #11
    Velcro is coming back in style. Personally I never tie my shoes. I just tuck the laces into the shoe. Then again I wear skateboarding shoes (as they are by far the most comfortable type of shoe out there).
  13. Apr 14, 2004 #12
    Yeah. Loafers are never a good choice for sports.

    You may want to check these out. I have 2 pairs. Highly comfortable for walking but great for sports.
  14. Apr 14, 2004 #13
    Hey, I just thought people wanted a shoe they didn't have to tie. I didn't know they wanted to be able to do everything from deep sea diving to space walks in it.
    Any shoe large enough to fit a zoobie. For details on where to purchase such shoes contact Shaq O'Neil.
  15. Apr 14, 2004 #14
    I figured everyone had more or less realized I am by this point.
    It could be the moral of the story is about basketball, not about sneakers.
    And yet, they had no laces, did they? Easy on, easy off. I used to enjoy that.
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    I think everyone should just start wearing wooden clogs, it is easy to take them off everytime you enter someones house and they are easy to clean with a hose. The only difficulty I see is with basketball, but that would make the game so much more interesting..
  17. Apr 15, 2004 #16

    jimmy p

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    sounds great monique, sure the rainforests would LOVE to hear that! but then again, the cows love leather, all the plastic shoes are made from oil.... from now on im going to use surgical spirits to harden my feet and walk NATURE'S WAY!!
  18. Apr 15, 2004 #17


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    Yes. Basketball is worth playing no matter how badly you may hurt yourself. :biggrin:

    I have the same thing with my normal everyday sneakers. They have laces, but I never have to tie or untie them. I just slip them on and off, and they stay nice and tied. Best of both worlds.
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