Elastic replacements for laced shoes

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Footwear is no stranger to practical innovation – in the past we've seen biodegradable shoes, foldable zip shoes and even GPS shoes for Alzheimer's sufferers, among many others. Continuing this string of developments is Hickies, an elastic lace replacement system from New York that aims to do away with the need for tying. Made from colored rubber, Hickies consist of a thin strip with a hook on one end and a loop on the other. The devices are fed through the eyelets of shoes designed to be laced and then securely fastened, with one Hickie being used for each row…

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