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Xpand Lacing System

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  • Xpand Lacing System

Get your shoes on in 3 seconds flat! No more bows, no more knots, no more tying!

  Patent Pending.

                                         

Sometimes it’s about what you don’t see. Most of our shoelace pictures are up-close shots portraying a unique design with parallel lines. They actually look really cool and add some character. From eye level though, it’s a different story. You would never spot them on someone passing by.

Minimal by design. The Lace Anchors are manufactured from a fiber filled resin providing amazing strength and preventing any breakage or warping. The end clips, if used, have multiple rows of teeth that clinch the laces. This allows you to pull as hard as you would like without the end clips separating from the laces. We did, however, design the end clips to be adjustable, this means you can unlock them and re-lock them if you need to make shoelace length adjustments.

It’s about combining style, comfort and convenience. Our Xpand shoe lacing system packs a powerful punch. We want to make sure that we have our bases covered when it comes to all aspects of wearing your shoes. First we offer you 24 colors. Then we offer you a fully adjustable fit providing comfort whether you’re heading out for a night on the town or running a marathon. Last but not least, you will never have to tie your shoes again! We know it’s not some crazy technology product promising to teleport you to the moon, but we can guarantee it will bring a smile to your face everyday you slip your feet in.  Sometimes it’s about the simple things in life.

Zero interruptions, 100% focus. When using our lacing system, your shoes will never cause any distractions like untied laces or tension loss. You will be able to focus 100% on hitting that next mile marker and making it to the finish line. You get to decide how tight or loose your shoes will fit by adjusting pre-set tension when installing the Lace Anchors.  Whether it’s in your cross-fit class or on a treadmill, we guarantee there will be zero shoelace malfunctions!

Less bulk more comfort.  Not only does our system rid your shoes of the bulky mechanical objects other systems use, our laces provide more comfort.  Round elastic laces can cause pressure along the top of your feet, whereas our flat laces provide a more even spread-out pressure.

Kids love to be as creative as you will let them be.  Not only will you love the fact that your kids shoes are magically transformed into perfect fitting slip-ons, but you’re giving them the opportunity to show off their creative side!  They can start in any eyelet and finish in any eyelet, creating awesome designs that they can actually wear!

We are ready to rock and roll!  Over the past 3 years we have been designing and developing all components of the Xpand lacing system. It started with our very first Kickstarter project, Lace Anchors, which rounded up 9,565 backers and $147,000.  We have successfully tested Lace Anchors with people all around the world.  All of the hard work is done.  The molds and tooling have just been completed and what you see in this campaign are actual production parts.  Our shoelace manufacturer has successfully run hundreds of production cycles with their equipment to ensure their ability to manufacture consistent quality laces for us.  We have turned to Kickstarter to launch Xpand into the world, hoping for thousands of backers so we can place a huge initial purchase order.  Below you will find information that merely skims the surface of our Journey thus far.

Seattles Pillar Product Design Team.  Without the Pillar team involved in this project, Xpand would not be what it is today.  They have the creative minds and dedication to make ideas reality.  They are behind some amazing innovative ideas.  It’s always a pleasure working with them!

The "end clips" were designed to give a finished look for those using the Lace Anchors on the exterior of the shoes. Great for marathon runners.
The “end clips” were designed to give a finished look for those using the Lace Anchors on the exterior of the shoes. Great for marathon runners.
The interior of the end clips are specifically designed for the Xpand shoelaces. The teeth are strategically placed pinching our laces with great tension.
The interior of the end clips are specifically designed for the Xpand shoelaces. The teeth are strategically placed pinching our laces with great tension.
Since we had a solid functioning design from our existing Lace Anchors for standard shoelaces, the changes were minimal for our Xpand laces. "Minimal" is the key word in our designs!
Since we had a solid functioning design from our existing Lace Anchors for standard shoelaces, the changes were minimal for our Xpand laces. “Minimal” is the key word in our designs!
Once the design was finalized for the end clips, 3D prints are sent to the tool makers to complete the production molds.
Once the design was finalized for the end clips, 3D prints are sent to the tool makers to complete the production molds.
Same goes for the Lace Anchors. Once the design was finalized, 3D prints were sent to the tooling company to prepare "molds".
Same goes for the Lace Anchors. Once the design was finalized, 3D prints were sent to the tooling company to prepare “molds”.
After several small adjustments to the teeth size and material used, we have a flawless product! These are pictures of actual samples from the mold!
After several small adjustments to the teeth size and material used, we have a flawless product! These are pictures of actual samples from the mold!
This is a picture of the sample Lace Anchors run from our new production molds. These are extremely durable made from a special blend of fiber filled resin.
This is a picture of the sample Lace Anchors run from our new production molds. These are extremely durable made from a special blend of fiber filled resin.
I really didn't have to learn much about the shoelace manufacturing process. What I did have to do was test endless elasticity rates. We wanted to make sure our product had perfect tension without losing it's strength over time.
I really didn’t have to learn much about the shoelace manufacturing process. What I did have to do was test endless elasticity rates. We wanted to make sure our product had perfect tension without losing it’s strength over time.
When I say we tested, I mean we tested. With so many elasticity rates and materials, we had our hands full. This is a small portion of the test cycles run with our manufacturer!
When I say we tested, I mean we tested. With so many elasticity rates and materials, we had our hands full. This is a small portion of the test cycles run with our manufacturer!
"Modeling shot" of our final samples with a few of our colors and our chosen elasticity rate. We couldn't be happier and all of our hard work is paying off!
“Modeling shot” of our final samples with a few of our colors and our chosen elasticity rate. We couldn’t be happier and all of our hard work is paying off!
This is our favorite choice when it comes to packaging. We love how it looks, however, it does come with challenges. keeping it nice during shipping is a major one. We may switch to something a little more durable.
This is our favorite choice when it comes to packaging. We love how it looks, however, it does come with challenges. keeping it nice during shipping is a major one. We may switch to something a little more durable.
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