Power Laces, the Self-tying Shoes: Would you snatch up a pair?

kck kck
Alright, technology lovers, Back to the Future fans, and tennis shoe enthusiasts! The next generation of shoes is here! Wait... shoes? Yes, shoes! An inventor has successfully recreated the self-lacing shoes depicted in the movie Back to the Future!

Read the article and watch the video of these so-called Power Laces.

Do you think these shoes will catch on? Are you just itching for a pair? Or is this a kinda silly or unnecessary invention? Vote and discuss!
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
This looks awesome!
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I can easily see Power Laces becoming a fad.
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This seems pretty pointless / ridiculous to me. It'll never catch on.
Adriana Ravenlust , Mr. E , Elnoa
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I would love to own a pair!
Kayla , Passionate Pastor , Viktor Vysheslav Malkin , Allstars316
4
I might try them out.
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7
Me? Wearing that? Over my dead body!
usmcwife99 , Kim! , Jenniae09 , Adriana Ravenlust , Pleasure Piratess , KyotoAngel
6
I can tie my own shoes, thanks.
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Other ('splain).
kck , Jobthingy , deadpoet , Missmarc , U3H
5
Total votes: 87 (54 voters)
Poll is closed
10/03/2010
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kck kck
For me, it would depend on the price and styles offered. I would probably try them out if they were affordable and cute, lol. But I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a pair if they were really expensive. Not a "must have" for me, at least

As the inventor says in the video, this has great applications for those who can't tie their own shoes (like her grandmother, who has Alzheimer's). But as for fashion, I don't know. I'm skeptical as to whether or not they'd be a hit.
10/03/2010
Kindred Kindred
I can see it being a fad, but don't think it will last unless there is a niche market. Remember the Reebok pump? They were really popular when they first came out, but lost steam because of the cost and the fact that it added so much extra weight that it negated any benefit from a better fit.

But heck, if the price wasn't ridiculous, I'm sure I'd try them just for the novelty.
10/03/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Not just yes: hell yes.

I'm still waiting for my hoverboard, though.
10/03/2010
kck kck
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Not just yes: hell yes.

I'm still waiting for my hoverboard, though.
The day the hoverboard becomes a reality is the day my savings go up in flames.
MUST. HAVE.
10/03/2010
kck kck
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Not just yes: hell yes.

I'm still waiting for my hoverboard, though.
The day the hoverboard becomes a reality is the day my savings go up in flames.
MUST. HAVE.
10/03/2010
Sir Sir
I am able to tie my shoes just fine, thank you.
10/03/2010
Alicia Alicia
I think it's awesome and would be good for children and for those that have problems with their hands and or don't have the flexibility to get down and tie their shoes. I can't see myself personally wanting some, but I think my kids would think it's awesome!
10/03/2010
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by Alicia
I think it's awesome and would be good for children and for those that have problems with their hands and or don't have the flexibility to get down and tie their shoes. I can't see myself personally wanting some, but I think my kids ... More
I agree that they're excellent for that reason. Very helpful.
10/03/2010
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by Alicia
I think it's awesome and would be good for children and for those that have problems with their hands and or don't have the flexibility to get down and tie their shoes. I can't see myself personally wanting some, but I think my kids ... More
I agree that they're excellent for that reason. Very helpful.
10/03/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
My gut reaction was to wonder just how lazy society can become, but there are folks who could use this sort of help for medical reasons, unlike other inventions for the lazy like pre-buttered frozen microwave toast, which is the product that made me lose all faith in humanity the day I saw it.
10/03/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyGeek
My gut reaction was to wonder just how lazy society can become, but there are folks who could use this sort of help for medical reasons, unlike other inventions for the lazy like pre-buttered frozen microwave toast, which is the product that made me ... More
Well, now not to say that there aren't people who use things like pre-buttered microwave toast because they're lazy, but for some people time is short..VERY short, so short that they don't have the time to wait for even toast. Not that I imagine microwaved toast even tastes good..blech.
10/03/2010
Misfit Momma Misfit Momma
I think they are cool! I wouldn't wear them if that was the only style they came in, but they would be great for the kids depending on the price.
10/03/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
LOL, I prefer my boots. I dont think my job would allow those lol.

I see them however if someone was medically disabled and were they could come in handy.

They seem good, but not for me.
10/03/2010
Kim! Kim!
Yeah, my son won't be getting a pair either, no matter how "cool" they become in schools.
Also, won't these make going through airport security an even bigger pain?!
10/03/2010
kck kck
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
For me, it would depend on the price and styles offered. I would probably try them out if they were affordable and cute, lol. But I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a pair if they were really expensive. Not a "must have" for me, at ... More
Meh! Correction: The inventor's grandmother has Parkinson's, not Alzheimer's. Sorry about that!
10/03/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I am an other.

I have no use for them. as in myself.

However. My daughter has a form of Cerebral Palsy called hemiparesis. Her right side is affected. She drags her left foot and her right arm is just sort of there. It floats around and just does a lot of uncontrolled movement (Chorhea). We call her right hand "helping hand" because it will never be a dominant hand. It just sort of helps (when her brain can make it stay in one place for more then 30 seconds.)

So basically she is one handed. This is a huge deal for clothes, shoes, even just getting toothpaste on a toothbrush. Toques in the winter took a LONG time to master. (I often tell people to try every day activities using just one hand to feel what it is like for her.)

So for my punk, these would be incredible. She has outgrown kid sizes and there is no such thing as velcro shoes in a ladies size 9 unless we go with old lady shoes (which at 11 she has no interest in). At the moment I weave her laces so she just has to slip them on and off.
10/03/2010
clp clp
I see these as being marketed to a younger crowd, which I would think is cool in the right situation. But not on folks my age, please...
10/03/2010
Penguin Penguin
It's technology like this that will make us unable to take care of ourselves...

Anyone seen the movie Idiocracy?!?!?!!?
10/03/2010
deadpoet deadpoet
the shoes look really cool, but I wouldn't want to buy them. I don't like my shoes tied really tight, and I wouldn't want something I can't control the tightness of
10/04/2010
Mr. E Mr. E
I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass on these.

...but how about a self lacing corset?
10/04/2010
kck kck
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. E
I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass on these.

...but how about a self lacing corset?
Um. Please follow through with this idea. Because it sounds..... amazing.
10/04/2010
gone77 gone77
Quote:
Originally posted by Alicia
I think it's awesome and would be good for children and for those that have problems with their hands and or don't have the flexibility to get down and tie their shoes. I can't see myself personally wanting some, but I think my kids ... More
This. Exactly. For some people this might be a very helpful tool.
10/04/2010
gone77 gone77
Quote:
Originally posted by Penguin
It's technology like this that will make us unable to take care of ourselves...

Anyone seen the movie Idiocracy?!?!?!!?
Some people need help taking care of themselves and I can see how this could be helpful for them. As for people who are otherwise capable of tying their own shoes, I don't think it'll catch on.
10/04/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
Alright, technology lovers, Back to the Future fans, and tennis shoe enthusiasts! The next generation of shoes is here! Wait... shoes? Yes, shoes! An inventor has successfully recreated the self-lacing shoes depicted in the movie Back to the ... More
That is awesome! Might solve the too long shoe string problem that i have everytime i buy a pair!
10/05/2010
lamira lamira
How lazy must people be that they can't tie their own shoelaces? Are we really that American?
10/09/2010
Vaccinium Vaccinium
My kids would love it, as they hate tying their shoes, but I wouldn't pay extra for the feature.
02/17/2011
lezergirl lezergirl
Quote:
Originally posted by lamira
How lazy must people be that they can't tie their own shoelaces? Are we really that American?
to quote kck "this has great applications for those who can't tie their own shoes (like her grandmother, who has Alzheimer's)"
02/27/2011
HannahPanda HannahPanda
They seem interesting enough.. I'm more so curious than interested in trying them, most of my shoes don't have laces anyway, or I prefer the look of laces.
12/03/2011
AmberM AmberM
It depends on the price and colors. I'm all about colors... hehe, But, i can tie my own shoes if need be for a good color
12/03/2011
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