When I was a kid, I got very angry with myself that I couldn’t tie my own shoe laces. In fact I couldn’t tie them until I was in my teens. I didn’t learn I was Dyspraxic until I was in college, but I went through a lot of springy laces and other self tying shoe laces in my time! Fast forward a few years and i’m again having issues with my laces. But now it’s more about keeping my shoe laces tied when I hold on to them to lift my legs. Greeper laces are a really versatile product! Whether it’s difficult to bend down, you lack the manual dexterity or just fed of re-tying your shoes, read on…
How Do They Work?
Greeper laces function in a similar way to those on some high-end hiking shoes. A toggle at the top keeps them tight. But with Greeper laces you pull on the lace loops to tighten them and pull the tag attached to the toggle to release. On one side, this means you can have them as tight or as loose as you need on the day – unlike the rubber lace strips which have recently come onto the market, or springy laces. Great if you want thick or thin socks, or if like me your feet swell up. I originally thought that these would be difficult to use one handed…but the makers of Greeper laces have thought of this and worked with occupational therapists to create a small device which holds the toggle whilst you tighten the laces one at a time.
Putting them in was fairly straightforward – you lace from the top to the bottom. Then lace the tag on and make a reef knot. I did have to ask MrChronicStyleDisorder (he has all sorts of uses). Once he showed me I got the hang of it. Cut off the excess lace and it’s done!
Now personally I cannot vouch for how well they stay on your feet if you’re walking around all day, because I can’t. But the many elite athletes who use them probably can! They are great at not loosening of their own accord even when I have been using the laces to pull my feet in and out of cars or on and off wheelchair footplates all day.
Sounds Great, But Why Would I need Greeper Self Tying Shoe Laces?
For many self tying shoe laces just means less likelihood of trips and less re-tying. But they’re also a great idea for those who struggle with
- tasks that require good fine motor skills
- using both hands
- poor co-ordination
- trying to tie laces at a difficult angle due to needing to place your foot on your knee
- anyone who needs to reduce risk of trips and falls
This is why I feel they’re an understated disability hack!
Before I left hospital I was given a leg lifter. This is just a strip of fabric with flexible wire to use to lift my legs around. The flexible wire made it harder to use. I soon started using my laces to pull my feet around, but I managed to wreck 2 pairs of laces and they were forever undoing themselves as I did it. Bruised heels aren’t fun!
When I was given the Greeper laces to try out my immediate thought was whether they would withstand me using them as a tool to pick my feet up. The simple answer is – YES! They’re brilliant and I’m thinking of buying some more lace up shoes purely because of how easy it has made it, so whatever I wear I can use the Greeper Laces to help me move my feet. They’re well made, stylish, and adaptive. They could replace the need for leg lifters for those that can reach their feet.
Style over substance? Hell No!
In terms of looks – they’re both stylish and unobtrusive. Yeah, I liked my springy laces as a kid, but they’re neither stylish nor functional for me now. The whole 90s revival thing really doesn’t work for me a second time round! Greeper laces look like traditional laces in many ways. They don’t stick out like a sore thumb or look childish. There’s a really good range of laces – for smart, hiking, sports, and kids shoes. So, whatever the shoe, Greeper Laces have got you covered!