I'm not advocating for velcro.
I'm talking about switching to bike tubes the next time you need to get new laces for your shoes.
Recycling and reducing waste is part of Vie Cycle's mission. Turns out there are a million and one ways to reuse busted bike tubes. Shoe laces!?! That's what's up and for real, they are the best thing. Every time I put my shoe on I'm like, "woah! this is such an enjoyable experience!" Maybe you feel that way anyway about shoes. I didn't. I hate having to untie, loosen laces, scrunch in my foot and then tighten up and tie my shoes every time I leave the house.
Bike tubes just made my Vans into slip on shoes that get instantly tight when my foot is in them.
I'm not even going to tell you how to do this. That's how simple it is.
Step 1: Fix that flat tire on your bike that you've been putting off.
Step 2: Take the broken tube and cut it into 2 strips about 4 feet long give or take a few feet, depending on the shoes that you're about to lace up.
Step 3: Take off your old shoe laces (pay attention to how they were laced if you liked the pattern).
Step 4: Re-lace your shoes with bike tube.
It's like having slip on shoes! But they're super snug and evenly snug! Am I crazy for hating tying my shoes? No. I don't think so. It was a waste of my time and I was stretching out the heel of my shoe when I tried to cram my foot in, (on the days when I would avoid untying them). This has literally saved me time ever morning, and sometimes in the afternoons.
On another note, thanks Sock Guy for designing these rad socks that make me want to go out in sandals just so that I can show them off
Vie Cycle is having a SPRING RAFFLE for all past students and supporters and we've giving away a bunch of pairs of Sock Guy socks, so get involved!
Click the button to learn how to win free awesome socks!
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Author: Sylvie Froncek
I've ridden thousands of miles, led group bike tours, taught maintenance classes and started bike collectives, all in an attempt to share what I love with great people. Read about my adventures and tell me about yours!