#Shoeps – The Marvelous Revolution in Shoe Lacing – Moonwalker Approved*
Shoeps, Shoeps, what are Shoeps I hear you shouting.
Shoeps are a new revolution in lacing shoes and they are not just for the lazy or inept at tying laces. I have been lucky enough to road test, yes quite literally I gave them a full on road and pavement test during a few training walks and a 13.1 mile (or 13.9 mile according to the official mileage) London Moonwalk on 10th May 2014.
So what exactly are they?
Shoeps are little elastic laces that clip into your shoes or trainers that alleviate the need to do up your laces up and make your shoes into slip ons.
I must admit I was pessimistic believing that they would not work or would snap or undo and fall out. Selfishly when I was asked to give them a whirl I chose the pink set with only one thought in mind which was ……. at least the boys won’t steal them from me.
So what were my thoughts:
1. Would they be tight enough to keep my trainers in place? YES, they definitely were in fact the first time I actually struggled a little bit to get my foot in my trainer. Once on though there were snug not too tight or too loose. They fitted very comfortably.
2. Would they snap? NO, not yet and boy, have they been put through their paces, a couple of five mile walks, not dawdles but training power walks for the Walk The Walk – Moonwalk London 2014, a 10 miler and the actual Half moon 13.1 mile powerwalk which was a full 5 hours of nonstop walking from 11.20pm until 4.22am and they are still as good as new.
The Moonwalk is a powerwalk through the pavements of London during the night in aid of Walk the Walk Uniting against Breast Cancer. You could opt for the Full Moon which is 26 miles (yes a marathon) a half moon which is 13.1 miles or I have even heard rumours of the Over the Moon which is 52 miles (pure madness in my books). I had opted for the half moon with a few friends for our first Moonwalk attempt.
Powerwalking trivia: Power Walk at approximately 4.5 miles an hour and mile for mile you will burn the same energy as a runner.
I thought that after a lot of use the Shoeps might start to sag but as yet no signs of degradation which I am impressed with.
I did feel so sorry for those walkers that I passed who were bent retying laces I really do think if I had to bend down to sort mine out there would have been no way I would have got back up so were very chuffed with my Shoeps . I have to admit that I was not convinced that they would last the night and I did take some spare laces. SHAME on me for being a doubting Thomas I was definitely wrong on that front the Shoeps saw me through the night without snapping, coming undone, digging in or stretching.
Now the boys want them for their shoes and they come in so many different colours or even a multicolour pack.
Each pack contains 14 pieces. I wonder what a single Shoep is called? Is it a Shoep or an Elastic?
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*Please note that all opinions and comments are my own.
I have received one set of Shoeps (value £12.99) from www.gumbies.co.uk to trial and keep.