Shoe Laces and My Fall Into A Patch of Goathead Thorns


I lived the first 8 years of my life in Ridgecrest, California, smack in the middle of the Mojave Desert. It’s a small town with not a lot to do but that didn’t mean I’d sit around and do nothing. I was often out wandering in the desert with my trusty Red Rider BB gun (the same one that Ralphie covets on A Christmas Story) and my German Shepherd and Dachshund by my side. We would be out for hours catching lizards or shooting stink bugs.


The desert has many perceived “dangers” for a kid, but the worst were Goathead thorns. Goathead (Tribulus terrestris) thorns are an invasive species of Caltrop plant that are adapted for a dry climate such as the Mojave, brought to us courtesy of our European brothers. Goathead is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It starts by blooming beautiful flowers, followed by a fruit which breaks apart into spiked nutlets which dry into hardened nightmare fuel strong enough to puncture bicycle tires and the soles of shoes.

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I was personally waylaid by these needled assassins during an innocent walk through my backyard. I don’t remember where I was going or why, but I do remember that I didn’t put my shoes on because I couldn’t tie them myself and my parents must have been predisposed with something else. I didn’t have far to go, otherwise I would have taken the time to ask my parents to put my shoes on. Hey, what can happen when you are walking 30 feet through your backyard?

Your childhood can be ruined, that’s what. I stepped right into a patch of those evil burrs (they blend in perfectly with the sand). I immediately crumbled to the ground in the worst kind of agony (according to a 6 or 7 year-old). Now I had burrs in my feet, hands and butt. Somehow I managed to crawl out of this torture patch and extract the Goatheads one by one. It took a while. My feet were tender for weeks.

A simple product that could have saved my feet from the most painful experience of my life (up to that point) is Laceez. Laceez are elastic no-tie shoelaces for kids 2 to 12. Any kids shoe with eyelets for laces can become a fitted slip-on. It isn’t just for kids that can’t tie their own shoes yet. Any kid would enjoy the added simplicity of just slipping shoes on rather than tying. It’s great for parents who are tired of tying their kids shoes as well!

So, here’s how they work:


Once the shoes are laced up with Laceez, the specially designed aglets (the tip of the shoe lace for those of you who have never watched Phineas and Ferb) anchor the laces in place. It is fantastically easy!

We were lucky enough to get a few pairs of Laceez of our own to try out. Like the previous video shows, you simply replace the current laces with the stretchy, elastic Laceez. They are taut enough to keep the shoes on, but stretchable enough to not be overly tight on your feet as to be uncomfortable. They are currently available in 7 colors including white, red, yellow, pink, black, blue and purple, you are certain to find a pair that matches your shoes no matter the color.


Be sure to check your shoe size before ordering. Per the Laceez website, sizes are as follows:


I really like these laces. They are extremely easy to weave into eyelets, even on shoes as small as young children’s. Laceez add a splash of color that Maggie and Jake really seemed to love. Shoes that were otherwise drab and mono-colored are livened up with one of the many cheerful colors that Laceez offers. Naturally, the kids always chose the most contrary color to go on each shoe we put the Laceez on! They love whatever color is the brightest or most eye catching.


I wish these had been around on that fateful day my feet met those ferocious Goathead thorns. Had I been able to simply slip on my shoes, I might not have been so damaged physically (and psychologically as some would argue) by those abominable Caltrop seeds. Laceez found a need and filled it with a spectacular product. Parents should definitely give Laceez a shot. They save time, increase convenience and will (hopefully) save many little feet from the type of “trauma” that I experienced.

Connect: Check out Laceez elastic laces at their website. Be sure to visit them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Buy It: You can purchase Laceez from their online store here.

Win It: One lucky winner will win on pair of each Laceez color (7 total pairs) and a $50 Visa Gift card!



This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Disclosure: We were sent Laceez at no cost to facilitate this review. We have been compensated for hosting this giveaway. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Laceez.


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Hi, I'm Thrifty Nifty Daddy! I am a father, a family-man and a lover of all things mechanical and digital but also the old-fashioned and simple. In short, I love my family, my friends and anything with gears.

43 comments on “Shoe Laces and My Fall Into A Patch of Goathead Thorns

  1. I love that they are tieless (is that even a word?). While I think it is important for children to learn to tie their shoes, it is nice to be able to slip shoes on while in a hurry. 🙂

  2. I love that I don’t have to tie my sons shoe every 15 minutes, and when I’m am pressed for time I he can just slip his shoes on.

  3. I think these laces would be great for the little ones. I had the same worries when my son was a toddler (he is 25 now) with velcro. It all worked out and he can tie his shoes and only a few people called me a lazy mom
    I just laughed in their face and went on to have a great day with my son while they worked on her child being the first one in the neighborhood to tie his shoes.

  4. What I like most about Laceez is they can make shoes with eyelets for laces become fitted slip-ons. I’d like to try them because I am tired of tying my kids shoes!

  5. I’d like to try these so that maybe it will get dd to wear shoes with laces! She refuses to wear them because she doesn’t like that they are always coming untied…even when double knotted!

  6. These are so amazing when I read about them and how much time we do spend tying our shoes these are great love the colors they come in as well.

  7. I love the convenience of the slip on and go. Good for little ones who can quite tie shoes yet and not ugly Velcro shoes.

  8. I love that they are easy to put on and you never have to worry about your child tripping. I’d love to get these for my granddaughter because they would help keep her shoes snug on her feet and I wouldn’t have to worry about extra long shoe laces tripping her.

  9. I have a great niece that’s 4 months old and I would love to get this for her. Her mom would appreciate it. Learning to tie shoes isn’t always easy but this would be great.

  10. Love the idea and the amazing help these Laces make for the little ones.Everyday my kids come with un tied laces.
    They would greatly help them( as well as us, ) not to trip on their faces.

  11. I like all the colors and they would be great for my daughter to wear to school until she can tie her laces on her own

  12. My daughter would love these because she likes to be able to slip her shoes right on and right off. They might work for me too. 🙂

  13. I love that these are elastic shoelaces and once you put them on a child can slide their feet into shoes or sneakers without tying laces again. When I was a child, I could not get the hang of tying my laces correctly and had my crying fits. I used to get help from my bigger sister. Wish these were around then. 🙂

  14. I like that it is elastic and easy to use for very young children who have trouble tying their shoes. My nephews would love these. Thanks!

  15. I’d love to try these because not only are they great for kids, they’re perfect for seniors and people with arthritis or nerve problems in their hands like myself!

  16. I’d love to try this with my almost-four-year old as she still struggles with getting her laces tied. It would be a lot easier to just have her slip her shoes with the Laceez on!

  17. my 5 yr old granddaughter could use these, I bought her a cute pair of vans hi tops she wanted, her teacher has asked her no to wear them cause she “hates” having to help her with her shoes. She would love these.

  18. Again, another invention where you think, why hasn’t this been around earlier. Moms already have so much going on. Helping moms out from having to stop and tie laces over and over again. Fantastic.

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