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    Are you suppose to loosen laces before and after putting shoes on/off?



    I've got a silly question that's been pondering my head. I normally just untie my laces and use a shoe horn to put on my shoes. And untie my laces and just take off my shoes.


    However, are you suppose to actually loosen the laces at all the eyelets before putting shoes on and taking them off? I just notice salesmen at Allen Edmonds and Alden doing this. I'm guessing this is done in store to try and preserve the condition of the shoe as close to 100% as possible, but is this something you guys do as well back home?


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    The whole point of laces is to be able to loosen them at will to get them on and off easier. Sometimes a shoe horn is still necessary, but if the laces weren't intended to be used, they wouldn't be there.


    I Don't think it has anything to do with preserving the shoe, though. I'm sure its strictly about making it easy to get the shoe on. However, not loosening them might stretch the laces over time and shorten their life. But i doubt it affects the shoe as a whole.

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      Yeah, I would say I loosen them almost down to the bottom eyelets. After I take the shoes off and place shoe trees in the shoes , I usually cinch/tighten up the laces to conform shoes around the shoe trees.


      Then before placing shoe on, I loosen them up quite a bit, still using a shoe horn so my foot and the heel slip in without crushing the shoe's counter (the vertical portion of the shoe that wraps around the heel of the foot)..... Ever see a pair of shoes where the counter looks all wrinkled!


      sidenote: Allen Edmonds Master Shoe Fitting video

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