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Laces that undo your shoes when you "tighten" them.
I wear boots. Safety boots mainly. I like boots. But undoing the laces is a bit boring. Sometimes I see people with big boots, and many many many many holes to lace and un-lace. Those people must waste nearly half their lives lacing and un-lacing.
(Disclaimer: Actual time may vary. Estimates based
on hole/lace friction, weather conditions, dubin co-efficient, and finger dexterity. Author makes no representation as to its accuracy or validity, and may not actually wear boots.)
I propose a new style of shoe-lace, which acts similar to a vertical blinds pull-string system ==> One set of ends does up your shoes/boots/garter/ice-skates, and the other ends undoes them. (The ends that un-does them will actually be retracted during normal operation, with only a pull-ring protruding, or perhaps a lawnmower-style pull-start handle).
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||Ski boots have those single-action snaps to open and close the boot, alhtough most have more than one. Possibly you could modify that to get your lace pulls.
||But if you could actually design this system, I think you would have a valuable patent on your hands. Time to take up technical drawing, methinks.
||For those of use who don't like velcro/buckles/cable ties/elastic/gaffa tape. I guess.