Elastic laced shoes for pregnant women (or lazy people!)

I am getting to the point in my pregnancy where it’s a pain to tie my shoes.

I can still do it, but the baby bump in the way is getting bigger all the time, and I have to sit down, rather than just bending over and tying them like I used to before I got pregnant.

So I started browsing Zappos to find a nice pair of slip-on shoes, and noticed that the Simple brand had a “flat elastic” version of several styles of their shoes. This looks exactly like they threaded white 1/4″ elastic through the holes.

I realized I had several yards of white 1/4″ elastic in my craft room.

So I pulled the laces out of my blue Converse shoes, and estimated that I’d need about 21″ of elastic (unstretched) per shoe. I wrapped one end in tape to make it easier to thread through the grommets. The other end I tied in a large overhand knot to keep it from pulling through the grommets. Then I laced my shoe like this:

Lacing Pattern

I slipped the shoe on, and tugged on the elastic to tighten it comfortably around my foot, and then tied the taped end into an overhand knot.

Both shoes now laced with elastic, I just slip them on and go!

Elastic Laced Converse


I’m most happy that I didn’t have to buy another pair of shoes, just used elastic I already had around the house. If you plan to do this yourself, estimate at the fabric store how much you might need by holding it up to your shoes in the lacing pattern, and then give yourself a few extra inches to play with. Or just play it safe and get a yard and a half, which should be enough for many types of shoes.

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  1. Shannon
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Great idea…they remind me of synch bands. i saw their elastic laces at my son’s flag football game and grabbed a pair for myself. OMG, so comfortable and fast :)

  2. Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    That’s cool. I’d never heard of Synch Bands before. My DIY solution is definitely less polished than the commercial version, but it was cheap and got the job done. :) In any case, yes, lacing shoes this way is totally comfortable.


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