Well hello there. Yes, I know what you were thinking but this isn’t that type of blog. Hickies per their website here, is a no-tie, flexible and customizable responsive lacing system.
I was wandering around the wondrous internet one day when I happened upon a picture of some sneakers with Hickies. I was immediately intrigued. I googled may way to their website and several easy clicks later I had a couple packages of Hickies on the way to me. It was $14.99 for a package of 14.
I decided to play it safe so I went with the basic colors of black, white and silver. This is what they look like straight from the package. You loop them through the holes in your sneakers the way you would regular laces and then put the end with the hole over the the end with the knob so they meet at the middle of your shoe.
It looks like this when finished. It took me about two minutes to get it right. There is a You-Tube video that walks you though the steps if you have any problems.
When it comes to exercise I do Pilates, run, lift weights at the gym, yoga and stumble into a spin class ever other blood moon. I wanted to try Hickies on my weight training and running shoes.
First up we have my well loved Ryka sneakers. I use these when I’m lifting weights at the gym. I picked silver because I wanted a color that was closest to the original laces.
I used six Hickies per shoe. They were snug enough that my foot felt supported but flexible enough for me to slip my foot in and out easily. I love how sleek they look on these shoes.
|On the nails: OPI Tiramisu for two|
My running shoes pictured above (ASICS Women’s GEL- Cumulus 12) were a different story. I’ve had them for a while so I forgot that they don’t have the traditional side to side eyelets throughout the entire shoe. You can see in the picture by my thumb that some of the lace inserts are actually tabs on top of the sides of the shoe. As such, I could not get Hickies to work for them.
It’s still all good though because I love everything about Hickies. I always hated having to tie and untie my shoes every time I go to work out. I also take my shoes off before I enter my home so you can imagine how much of a pain that is if I’m wearing something with laces.
I bought some for my mother who liked hers a lot as well. Her feet are pictured above with Hickies in her Asics. She said she felt they dressed up her shoe and she loved that she now could just slip her sneakers on and off when at the airport.
I couldn’t figure out from their website exactly how long Hickies have been around. The earliest review they had posted was done in July of 2014, so it seems it has been over a year. Have you heard of them? Have you tried them? What do you think about a no tie lacing system?