Just got my Invisible Shoes about a week ago, and while I love everything about the way they feel under my feet, I've been struggling to find a tying style that's both comfortable and secure for me. I ended up goofing around using the hole-pattern for the No-Toe method (which felt unsecure to me, but most of the toed methods felt painful despite angle and tension adjustments) and coming up with something kind of like Kelly's No-Knot method but with an adjusted lacing pattern so I can use a slide-bar buckle to just tighen them up and go. I also used a wide, soft, light lacing I picked up at Jo-Ann's so I could use the buckle (though it ended up being too light, more on that below).
My first step was to sew a small loop of lacing through the buckle (and again at the middle so it's 8-shaped with a hole for the lacing) so I could put it onto my main strap like a charm at the appropriate step.
Then I tied a figure 8 knot in the main lace, laced it through the toe hole, down through the lower-ball hole on the inside, back up through the inside upper hole, across the top to the lower outer hole, back up through the upper outer, laced on my buckle, through the inner ankle hole, looped around and behind the heel, through the outer ankle hole, looped around, and up through the buckle (pics below).
I'm really digging this method because I have the security of a toe strap (but the shallow angle seems to prevent the pain I was experiencing when it went back to an ankle hole), I love having a buckle for quickly getting them on and off, and I think it's pretty cool looking . The only flaw is I didn't take the buckles in when I was checking out materials, so I'll have to swap out to slightly heavier strapping. This kind is so light I almost can't feel it on my feet (which is great) but there's a little bit of slippage on the buckle because it's just not thick enough to grip securely. Overall I feel like finding a tying method I'm really comfortable in was the main battle, though, so finding an alternate material shouldn't be a big deal.
Thank you, I'll definitely do that! Here's take two on them…three craft stores and an REI later, I couldn't find flat lacing that wasn't either too thick, too wide, or too thin for what I wanted. After all that looking around, I ended up using REI's 1/8" elastic cording with cord locks and now it's perfect. The pros of substituting the cord locks for the buckles is there are a lot more round cord options (including sticking with the original cordage) than what I could find for flat lacing and there's no sewing involved…I just put the cord through the lock, went around the cord that goes across the top of my foot, then back through the lock and a little knot at the end.
That said, I think I'm finally done fiddling with them, I really love the little bit of secure give the elastic has and they're super comfortable now .
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