Lock laces are easy to use. You thread them through your shoe like any other lace. However, they do have nice curved tip that makes them easier to thread into athletic shoes. you then thread each side through the Lock and clip it tight. Knotting the laces helps maintain proper tension.
The key is to find a tightness that will support your foot efficiently and won’t leave you with a flopping shoe that causes pain, while still keeping them loose enough to make it easy to get into the shoe.
In my experience, I like to keep them a little on the tighter side, but each runner needs to spend some time on their practice runs figuring out what works.
I have never done long-distance events, but a lot of long-distance runners attest to the fact the elastic laces don’t provide enough support for long distance events. Once again, experimentation is key to find out if your feet can use this speedy weapon.
Lock Laces Reviews
Lock laces are one of the premier brands of elastic laces that triathletes turn to. And they must be doing something right. On Amazon, they have 125 5-star reviews out of 161 total reviews. That’s pretty exciting.
I, personally, had an older, hand-me-down pair, but didn’t have any complaints.
Lock Laces vs. Speed Laces vs. Yankz
There are a lot of different brands of elastic laces out there. I mention Lock Laces since they have the biggest following in the athletic world and the ones I feel best about. However, the others are all about the same... they just have a different locking mechanism.
Yankz laces are a little weird because they have you thread them upside-down. That means it can be a little harder to change the tension as you them dialed in to your running needs.
And Speedlaces are great, just they have never picked up as large a following as Lock Laces. Plus, they don’t have that cool, patented, spring device to hold them in place.