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Disability -Curly Shoe Laces

 

One problem I have encountered through out my life is tying shoelaces. Although I am now able to tie them up, they don’t stay tied up for very long. It is both frustrating and embarrassing when  I constantly have to stop to re-tie them.We are already people who tend to trip easily. We don’t need  untied laces increasing the risk. I deliberately bought shoes without laces for work for this reason. Then I discovered curly shoe  laces.

Curly laces don’t need to be  tied up. The ends curl like a pigs tail preventing you from tripping on them. To tighten your shoes, just pull on the 2 ends. I read about curly laces a couple of years ago but I have never been able to find them in the shops. However I did find them on e-bay.

They are very reasonably priced and come in a number of different colours. In our house we have them in black , white green ,red, pink, purple yellow and orange. I love them honestly I think who ever invented them deserves a medal. At first my son complained they were embarrassing because they look a little different. Once he tried them, he changed his mind. It is far more embarrassing to always have your laces trailing on the ground . No more wet shoelaces from dragging on the ground in winter.

I no longer have to look for Velcro or slip on shoes for him. It also means I don’t have to stop constantly to tie up my shoe laces that have come undone. Velcro wasn’t an option for me. They just don’t seem to make Velcro shoes for women. I have small feet so even the smallest men’s shoes were to big. The only problem is I am getting quite a collection of brand new shoe laces. As soon as we get new shoes we take the laces out and put the curly laces in. If anyone knows any good uses for shoe laces please let me know.

They are great for anyone who has difficulty tying shoe laces. They are great for anyone with disabilities affecting their fine motor skills. They are also good for people with arthritis or Parkinson disease or people who have difficulty bending.

I highly recommend them.

 

Sharon Beaumont

I am a single mother of 4 who has lived with dyspraxia for several decades. My hope is that by sharing my experiences I can help to raise awareness of dyspraxia. I trained as an Education Assistant but found some areas of this to be a difficult career if you have dyspraxia. Currently I am an Information Technology Student and am trying to teach my self to speak French. I love travel, writing and anything French.

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