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.
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.
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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.