Beast’s Tip of the Week – Bargain Elasticated Laces
If you read our review on the Nathan Lock Laces, you’ll have realised that we weren’t overly impressed by the price for what was essentially a bit of cord and a toggle. So we decided to see how easy it would be to create out own pair from spare bits we had around the Mud and Routes office and if they were as effective as the originals.
You Will Need:
- One good length of elasticated cord, or two shorter ones (as you’ll need one for each shoe!)
- Two toggles
- A means to seal the shock cord ends.
We found a length of cord from one of our packs. It had arrived unattached to the pack and I was stumped as to where it was meant to actually go. Somehow, it appears that I have a collection of random toggles, though I know not from where they’ve appeared. Alternatively, you can buy the cord and toggles from Ebay or Amazon for a few quid, which will be sufficient for a number of pairs of shoes.
1 – Lace the elasticated cord into the shoe, and then cut the spare! Leave a good length spare, at least beyond the end of the laces – as shown below.
2 – Thread the laces through the toggle, ensure that the toggle holds tight or it won’t be up to the job.
3 – Try them for size, and trim the laces down as needed. You shouldn’t really need to loosen the laces much, if at all, in order to get the shoes on.
4 – You could remove the lace in order to cut the second to size, or just do the above again.
5 – Trim and tidy the excess from the cut part of the laces, and you can then seal them together using duct tape, Sugru or Shoe Goo. Anything that’ll stop them from unravelling and keep them close together. A tight, tidy knot will suffice, but we couldn’t get it tight enough. Our messy job was with some Instant Gasket we had in the kit drawer from repairing a GPS watch, don’t think it’s something we’d recommend but it does the job! The more crafty could probably sew the ends together, a much more elegant solution.
6 – The moment of truth – go for a run in them!