About this project
Are you tired of your shoelaces? It seems as if it's a never ending cycle of tie and untie. How about those of us that double knot, that makes for some fun challenges sometimes doesn't it? Usually it's my kids shoes. Shoelaces also have a mind of their own, coming undone at some of the most inconvenient times possible. It's fun to know that you can cheat the system of tying your shoes and never have them come undone again. You may be thinking I can just tie a knot and slip my foot in and out without untying my shoes every time, while this is true, you won't have the same consistent solid fitting shoe day after day that Lace Anchors 2.0 provides!
Plain and simple, bow knots are eyesores. Why do you think retail stores don't display their shoes with them? They hide them by tucking them inside the shoes. Unfortunately the bow knot has been around for WAY to long and we just feel like it's time to eliminate them! If you currently tie knots behind your tongue or shove the laces inside your shoes to hide the bow knot, you will love what Lace Anchors 2.0 will do for you! Simplicity, comfort, and style all in one!
It seems to Never fail. Just when you get warmed up and your going strong, it happens, your shoe comes untied! I may have put on a few pounds over the winter so far, but I'm a fairly frequent runner. I have put over 250 miles on a pair of my running shoes with Lace Anchors installed and the results are FLAWLESS. Your shoes always have the same consistent fit and your laces never come undone! Laces that shift during exercise becoming tighter or looser on the bridge of your foot is uncomfortable and can lead to tendonitis. Not joking!
Something that has always bothered me was my pants getting hung up or caught on the bows of my shoelaces. Seems like every time I go to stand up I have to adjust my pants to eliminate this. I have some OCD tendencies, but this one is up at the top of the charts. Even if nobody buys Lace Anchors 2.0, at least my OCD issue can lay at rest!
Kids and Laces, need I say more?
I have always been intrigued by simple effective designs. Some of the simplest designs that we use today have been around FOREVER! What I'm really excited about is the fact that Lace Anchors will be utilized by individuals every time they put their shoes on, not only when they actually slip them on, but the entire time they have their shoes on! This means the Lace Anchors 2.0 is actually in physical use doing it's job with every step you take, not to many products can claim this!
Installation is so easy! Our packets will include step by step instructions with pictures on the back, or to make it even EASIER just watch the video below! Make sure to install the Lace Anchors 2.0 with your foot in your shoe as shown in the video, that will allow you to find the perfect fit that your looking for. This is the type of product that you will use not even realizing how simple and comfortable they make everyday life with your shoes, until you go without them. Once you use them in one pair of shoes, you'll be hooked!
So what did I learn from this? I learned that Lace Anchors 2.0's are crazy strong especially for their size and this is proof that they definitely hold your laces perfectly in place. I also learned that it's time to hit the gym again because that felt really heavy! Unfortunately this project has taken up all my running and gym time.
Lets face it, if you have kids shoelaces can be a pain. Not only for the kids but for the parents as well. Kids love independence, they feel big when they can put their shoes on without your help. I have a 4 year old boy and a 6 year old girl that would constantly be running around with laces coming undone. Kids get so involved in what they are doing, they'll just leave their laces untied which can lead to potentially dangerous situations. The morning rush to get to the car for school is so much easier now because they just simply slip their own shoes on and off we go, no more tying! It's also nice to know that we are helping the teachers out by allowing them to actually teach instead of running a shoelace tying factory! Untied laces in the classroom is never-ending, just ask a teacher. We recommend using Lace Anchors 2.0 on kids shoe sizes 2 youth and up.
In 2012 we managed to land deals with some of the most Amazing athletes on the planet. These Mountain Bike athletes compete in some of the most prestigious invite only events in the Mountain Bike world! It's awesome to know our product is doing it's job with every push of the pedal. Not once did our team have any issues with their Lace Anchors the entire season!
The above link shows footage of our 2012 Team Rider Brendan Howey from the Prestigious event Redbull Rampage. The biggest and best dare to conquer these trails. It's awesome to know we kept his shoes in place! Mountain bike Riders love our product because not only do we keep their shoes secure, we also eliminate the bows and knots from their shoes that could potentially come undone or/and get tangled in pedals and chains.
The above link is some awesome footage of our 2012 Team Rider Jack Fogelquist doing an insane trick in competition. You can see Jack Throw his feet around without hesitation. Looks like we did our job!
EVERYTHING Starts somewhere. Sometimes the simplest things get looked past because we are looking for the bigger things. Sometimes big things can happen from simple things. My kids managed to negotiate a trip to Chuck E Cheese's in exchange for the blocks!
Some samples that were cut from a water jet for testing. The product and material was a FAIL. Next!
Fresh out of the mold from one of the very first runs of the ORIGINAL design that I came up with. This is basically what we will be producing but in the new Lace Anchors 2.0 version. As you can see the bottom slot has changed significantly with the new Lace Anchors 2.0 allowing nearly every shoelace out there to fit and stay snuggly in place. The dimensions and spacing between the holes and slot have changed and the outside edges are more rounded making the new unit smaller in size (sometimes smaller is better!) ultimately making the Lace Anchors 2.0 a flawless design in my book!
Testing, Testing, and more Testing. I have hundreds of these bags from different tests myself, my father and others have performed on Lace Anchors. Something so simple yet with so many shoes and laces out there, things can get complicated quickly.
Just a FEW of the MANY different designs that were tested while creating the Lace Anchors 2.0. It may seem like it would be simple but we needed the product to work with nearly every single shoelace out there, along with enabling a simple installation. We hit the nail on the head with the Lace Anchors 2.0. It's an extremely simple but functional design. It came down to thousandths of an inch to make our product perfect. By the way, everywhere I say we, that includes me, my wife, my kids, my mother, and the other person putting heart and soul into this project, my father. The Lace Anchors Team.
This is what I saw today when I opened my garage door and I thought what a great shot. You think my family uses Lace Anchors? No bow knots around here!
Disclaimer: There were no endorsements by any Brands for this project. All shoes used in the pictures or videos were paid for and are my personal property. Although our product is used in all of the shoes in these pictures and/or videos, the shoes work perfect in their natural state without Lace Anchors 2.0. Our product simply gives the user an optional way to keep their shoes secure.
1. When will I Receive my Lace Anchors 2.0?
We could possible begin shipping as early as Late March if all goes perfect, if we see our funding goal is going to be met without any doubts, we will get a head start where we can.
2. Do Lace Anchors work with "All" Shoes?
There are so many shoes it's impossible to test on all of them. If you have eyelets and shoelaces, odd's are that they will work great. They won't work on work boots or high tops that are laced up to the base of your calves.
3. Can I run with Lace Anchors 2.0 installed?
Absolutely, I ran 2-4 miles everyday for 2 months straight with my Lace Anchors 2.0 installed. For those of you that have struggled with heel slippage problems throughout your life, watch the "another option" video in the above section.
4. Are Lace Anchors 2.0 adjustable?
Lace Anchors 2.0 allow you to find the sweet spot when installing. This means you will be able to find the fit you desire and how tight or loose you decide to make your slip-ons. For my regular everyday use, I like my shoes to slip on and off extremely easy, for my running shoes I prefer a snug fit.
5. Are Lace Anchors 2.0 adjustable after I Trim the Laces?
absolutely, although it may require a little more effort than your initial install.
6. Do I need any special laces?
No, That is what is great about this product. You do not need any special laces or crazy looking devices hanging off the top of your shoes. This product allows you to use the laces that come with your shoes.
7. Do they work on kids shoes?
I have them in my 6 year old daughters shoes and my 4 year old sons. I would say they work best in children's size 2 Youth and up. My kids love not having to worry about tying their shoes.
8. Can you ship international?
Yes. We will ship ANYWHERE in the world and there is no additional cost!
9. Can I pledge multiple rewards?
You can multiply any reward you would like. Just multiply the pledge amount by the number of rewards you would like. If you want 18 packs, just double the pledge amount for the 9 Packs reward.
10. What if my credit card is expiring before the funding date?
If your pledge was declined, just log into Kickstarter and click the “Action Needed” system message on the top of your screen. It will redirect you to Amazon, where you can change your payment method. Backers have seven days to correct payment.
Risks and challenges
I have worked on this product for over 1.5 years now, there is no question of "if" or "how" it's going to be produced! From manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, Everything is ready to rock and roll with the new Lace Anchors 2.0 once our funding goal is reached. The only issues or challenges that are "possible" would be delays with our manufacturer or packager meeting our exact deadlines. Fortunately Everything is done 100% in the USA! I have physically been through each of the facilities we will be working with. The manufacturer of the product works/worked with and produces products for some of the biggest names in the world, including Amazon. From our experience thus far, they seem to be spot on with their time frames and we don't foresee any delays. This product is not rocket science or a far fetched "idea", this is a extremely simple product that makes everyday life a little simpler!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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