Watching everyone board a very late plane the other night, I noticed that about one in five people had untied laces, but they were too laden with luggage and kids to be able to do anything about it. While we’re waiting for Nike to develop self-lacing trainers like the ones in ‘Back To The Future 2’ (they’re coming, apparently) these will do in the meantime.
They’re called Hickies, and were designed by two Argentinians who used a Kickstarter campaign to get the idea off the ground. Hickies come in little packets of 14 (12+2 spares) and I found my first set in a funky little store in Spain, but you can buy them online.
Take out the laces from your footwear and thread these through, clip them shut and you’ve turned your trainers into slip-ons. They feel snug and come in every colour combo under the sun. There’s also a totally pointless app available to show you what your shoes would look like if you used them – Jeez, people, use your imaginations.
Surprisingly they don’t seem to break. I’ve been wearing mine for a while now and love them. It’s a preview of what being really old will be like. I’m hoping for the return of Velcro next.
Now, pricing. On the Hickies site a pack (any colour combo) costs £9 ($15) but if you buy them on Amazon they’re more expensive.