I found out about these laces after the Kickstarter campaign ended, so I ordered three pair directly from the Xpand website. To my surprise, they arrived a couple days later. I watched the video on the Xpand website to make sure I was installing the laces correctly. That was very helpful, as I did not have any issues with installation afterward.
These laces replaced a pair of Lock Laces, which I have been using for the past couple years. I was never really happy with Lock Laces, as they had the large mechanism for adjusting tightness. It just flopped around on the outside of my shoe, and when I secured it under the laces, it would dig into the top of my foot. So I was very eager to try these.
Here is my experience so far... I only installed them in two pair of shoes since the third pair is not used as often. The first pair are Nike Flyknit Lunar3. I use those shoes daily, but never for running. Since I would not be using them for running, I wanted a slightly looser, more comfortable setup. I followed the instructions and got them laced nicely, using "stealth mode" (no visible hardware). I have included a photo for reference. The Lunar3 are the gray and black shoes with the steel (light gray) color laces. Next, I installed the gray laces in a pair of Nike FS Lite Run 2, which are the light gray shoes pictured. I use those shoes mostly for running, so I went with a tighter fit and "visible mode" (visible hardware/anchors on the outside of the shoe).
I love the fit and feel of both of shoes. For daily use, the Lunar3 are great, as they are easy to put on, not too tight, and there is no mechanism digging into my foot. Taking them off is extremely easy as well. I thought that wouldn't be the case with the FS Lite Run shoes, but I was wrong. Despite the tighter fit, they go on and come off without any issues. Also, I can run in that pair without fear of my foot coming out.
I am very pleased with this purchase and will buy all my laces from Xpand in the future.
One more thing I have to mention is that Chuck, the creator, stands behind this product and is extremely responsive. When he saw that I placed my order through his site, he emailed me to make sure I was pleased with the order process and asked that I let him know if there were any issues. I emailed him regarding my experience with the site (no issues and very easy to navigate), and he responded again within an hour or two letting me know that I can contact him about any issues at all when I get the laces installed. It is reassuring to know he stands behind this product.
I don't expect any issues with durability, but if I encounter any, I will update this review.
Xpand no tie laces are one of a kind. Our elastic lacing system includes our zero memory flat elastic shoelaces allowing kids, adults, athletes, elderly and everyone in-between to convert almost any shoes or boots into a fully adjustable no tie slip-ons. You can use either "stealth mode" or "visible mode" when installing the Laces. The Xpand Lacing System includes (2) 52" Xpand Laces which expand to over 100", 4 Lace Anchors to secure your laces and 4 Lace End Clips to give your laces a finished look when mounting in "visible mode". Our patent-pending Lace Anchors secure the laces in place while remaining adjustable. Once you install the tension to your liking, you simply slip your shoes on and off without any further adjustments day after day. Our no tie shoelaces are perfect for runners and triathletes, hikers, bikers, kids, elderly, handicap, people with feet that swell, individuals lacking fine motor skills and anyone else that has trouble with standard shoelaces. Our system will get the whole family out the door in 3 seconds flat. Our no tie shoelaces requires no adjustments or hard bulky clamps to squeeze like other systems on the market, simply slip on and go. Exact Size: MExact Color: White, Black, Silver All measurements are approximate and may vary slightly from the listed information