Kids can be crazy. Kids can be hyper. And kids, unfortunately, can be clumsy. My kids manage to find enough things to trip over on their own without worrying about their shoelaces on top of it all. I absolutely love Chuck Taylors but the inevitable time it takes to get them done up and done up again had made me favour the ugly yet practical alternative of Velcro. No shame to Velcro… it’s handy. But it certainly does not scream out “I’m fashionable”, which is very important to little kids (or perhaps it’s their moms)!
QuickSnaps are my happy compromise. They are small, plastic clips that attach to your child’s shoelaces so that they can easily and quickly snap their laces open and closed. They come in a nice array of colours to match just about every shoe as well as neutrals for those who would rather just blend in (yikes!). My four year old can now wear her Chucks without my help and any near misses when trying to make it to the bathroom. What’s even better, they stay where they are supposed to stay and make tripping over their laces a thing of the past.
After a few months of my kids using QuickSnaps it dawned on me that I may too benefit from these. So I put them on my running shoes and was happily surprised. Although I am capable of doing up my own laces (and in a relatively small amount of time), I am often in a rush and sometimes don’t take the time to tighten up my runners properly before each run. With QuickSnaps I just slide in my foot, snap and go. It’s so much easier than the alternative and safer than me running with my laces trailing behind me. After all, I may have just a teeny tiny bit to do with where my kids got their clumsiness.
All in all I was impressed with what one little piece of plastic and one great idea can accomplish. There’s nothing fancy or elaborate here… just a great product that does exactly what it claims to do. So if you have any small children, elderly parents, or a bit of a lazy streak I suggest picking up a pair of QuickSnaps and trying them out for yourself. I’m a big fan of the pink.
WIN IT: Win your very own pair of QuickSnaps! Simply check out www.quicksnap.ca and then go to the Contests section of Wundermums’ forums and tell us who in your family would most benefit from QuickSnaps and why. Contest closes July 15th, 2009. Good Luck!
Reviewed by Melanie Morgan for Wundermums. All rights reserved.