No-Tie Laces vs. Velcro: Which is the Better Choice?

We live in a conflicted world. There is always a debate about something. Kobe or MJ, NFL or NBA, Messi or Ronaldo, and so on. We just can’t stop comparing things. Sometimes, that’s a good thing, let us be honest about it. A debate can be fruitful. You could learn a few things, and make the right decision for once. Some debates do not have to be make or break. They can provide valuable insight, and leave you wiser than you were. We hope that this article is going to be one of those debates.

Let’s talk about shoe choices. But, let’s not focus on brands, models, or quality. Instead, let’s focus on tying methods. The debate we have for you today is no-tie laces vs. Velcro. Have you ever given any ideas for these choices? Do you have a personal favorite? Are you a Velcro guy or you’ll side with outlets such as that promote lace shoes without tying? For, we’d love that you’re neither and that you’ll have a decision formed once you read this article. So, without further ado, let us delve deeper into the subject. First, we’ll start by explaining what are no-tie laces, before moving to Velcro, and the general comparison.

No-Tie Laces


This is one of those subjects that reveals a lot simply based on the title. So, the no-tie laces are laces that do not require tying. Usually, they are formed with a combination of classic elastic laces, and a fastener which is loaded by a spring mechanism. How does this mechanism work? Well, you simply press the spring-loaded mechanism, the fastener, pull the laces towards you, release the mechanism and you have your shoes tight up without tying. This way, the laces are always in place, and they rarely get loose. Of course, it kills the need to tie your laces. The best part about no-tie shoelaces is that they come in various shapes in sizes. Some of the most common models include the elastic kid with an adjustable fastener, classic silicone straps, and knotted elastic shoelaces among many other choices that also include Elastomer straps and non-adjustable elastic ones with the fastener.



When we say Velcro, it can mean two things. For one, it is a company name, a brand. The inventor of this tying system is Swiss engineer George de Mestral. He created the product, patented it, and today this type of shoe tying is called Velcro. But, don’t be fooled. Not all shoes use Velcro straps, it’s just that the name stuck. In essence, we are talking about a shoe fastener. It is a two-part fastener. The first one is a fabric strip positioned linearly with small hooks that could ‘mate’ with the second part of the fastener. The other part is a fabric of different tones or smaller loops and hooks that will attach to the first part of the fastener. Once put together they tend to hold the shoe tied to your leg. While initially made out of cotton, due to practical reasons classic Velcro is made out of nylon and polyester.

Velcro Pros


The primary reason why people turn to this form of tying shoes is their convenience. There’s no arguing it, Velcro is rather convenient. The factor that plays the biggest role here is the fact you won’t find a shoe option that’s easier to put on and take off. So, for people who don’t want to waste any time on the principles of shoe tying these are the perfect choice. For people who do gym climbing, there is no better option out there. Individuals who also have a frequent need to change between shoes or their activity requires it also find it quite useful and taking one pair of shoes on/off upon quick need.

In addition to that, you’ll quickly find that their power also lies in their adjustability. This can come quite handy when you have kids as you’ll allow them a wide specter of independence. Furthermore, their convenience for older adults can’t be stressed enough. When you pair these traits with the amount of adaptability and safety, they provide you with a wider picture of why they’re so popular. Last but not least of their positive traits is the fact that the amount of maintenance they require is minimal.

No-Tie Laces Pros


No-tie laces are also a rather convenient option. When you have a pair of shoes featuring them, the amount of work left to do every time you wear your favorite pair is minimal. Compared to standard laces they are time-effective as they come. When you factor in comfort, you get the idea why no-tie laces are getting more popular by the day. Furthermore, you can customize them at will, and interchange them between your shoes. In addition, they provide enough safety to make them your primary selection when compared to other choices available on the market.

Another factor, that we shouldn’t neglect, is the fact that these claes are quite good looking. Their aesthetics can’t be denied. While this is amazing to think of, all of the traits are equally important. This diversity makes them good enough for both kids and adults. Factor in their durability, and you have yourself an almost perfect combination for shoes and laces. The number of combinations these laces provide is so great that they’re ideal for casual wear, work, travel, sports, and any other imaginable activity. In comparison to traditional options, laces provide you with no-tie laces beating them in every department.

Who Takes the Win?

What should we say? Personal preferences take the win. You won’t go wrong with either choice. But, at the end of the day, it all comes down to what means are you going to use your shoes. If it’s all about getting out of them fast and without hustle go with Velcro. If you want more durability, you’ll go with no-tie laces and give yourself more years of wear and tear. However, we must reiterate, it is all up to you. We gave you the pros of both choices. Which one do you choose?

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