Elastic Laces provide the perfect shoe accessory

Iain Dawson is a visually impaired athlete who has established himself at the top of the world rankings in Paratriathlon– a fast developing sport set to make it’s debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

He has been involved in the sport since 2009 and was unbeaten during the following season. To date Iain has won two European and two World triathlon titles, one World Duathlon and one World Aquathlon title alongside several other podium finishes at an international level.

Iain is a big fan of a RUS supplier McKibben Sports – Xtenex Laces. Elastic Laces provide the perfect shoe accessory

Iain Dawson


He said “what a difference they have made helping me to an unbeaten season! Once they are set up in you’re shoes they are no hassle, don’t slip like many other elastic laces seem to and provide a tight, secure fit. They make it much easier and quicker in transition and because they come in so many bright colour choices it makes it easier to spot you’re shoes” 

Why does RUS think they are really useful?

Although these laces were designed for athletes its obvious they will work brilliantly for anyone who has difficulty with tying laces but still wants great trainers (not velcro!) The memory function and separate tension zones will work great for anyone who has different shaped or different sized feet. No need to tie bows as the laces just fix into position.

About Xtenex Laces


Elastic Laces – provide the perfect shoe accessory.

The knots allow you to adjust the tension between each set of eyelets to the exact mould of your foot and to create separate tension zones along the entire lacing system. The knots will continue to maintain that exact setting.

Conventional laces only have one tension level at the bow end.

One of the disadvantages of using conventional laces is that when your body temperature rises, your feet swell up and get compressed by the laces and when the temperature drops, your laces become loose.

Ordinary elastic laces avoid foot compression. But there is a disadvantage. When you initially tie up your shoe lace, you set it to the mould of your foot. However after a short period of activity the lace loses its grip and finally ends up with the shoe having only one tension level, similar to conventional laces.


Charlie Merrill, MSPT – ALTA Physical Therapy 

“I can’t tell you how impressed I am with your Xtenex laces. My husband, children and I have been using them for the past few months and now we can’t imagine being without them. As a physical therapist, I’ve seen other variations of shoe laces but I never had any personal interest in using them. I now recommend Xtenex laces to patients, family and friends. Thanks for a great product.”

You can check out Xtenex Laces on the RUS shop