Traditional shoelaces’ has its history in shoes system for centuries. In the sporting arena, shoelaces are
designed to provide variable type of fit for different sport. Generally, shoelaces are strings passing through a series of holes or eyelets and finished off with a commonly called “butterfly knot”. Loosening will give a widerfit whereas tightening it ensures the foot to be better secured.
Skechers GoSpeed3 with elastic lace. Fast just got faster
In triathlon, transition is considered as the 4th discipline other than the swim, bike and run. It is crucial to
save every possible second to have better guarantee of victory, even tying shoelaces is considered a waste of time. Many companies have come out with their elastic laces design to fulfil triathletes’ requirement. Elastic
laces make the lacing more comfortable, allowing triathletes to slip into the shoes without having to tie shoelaces. The lace stretches as the foot pushes into the shoes and springs back giving a snug fit to the wearer.
Not only this lacing system is secure, fast and easy, it is guaranteed that it will not be undone during
Elastic laces made by Locklaces.
Another option of elastic lace with little knots along the lace.
The traditional laces has its own advantage, despite the technology in elastic lacing system, some
companies still opt for the traditional laces. In sports that have no transition that requires “shoes-on-shoes off”, traditional laces is not a trouble for the athlete since the shoes will be secured to their feet till the end of competition. Undeniably, traditional laces offer more contact point, better tailored fit, and more
control over the tension.
Giro’s cycling shoes retro design has chosen the traditional lacing system.
In conclusion, it is up to personal preference whether to shoose elastic laces or traditional lacing system.
Ultimately, the option is yours. Personally, I prefer traditional lacing system for running events but when I race triathlon I’ll change it to elastic laces to save a every possible seconds to make my transition from bike to run as fast as possible.