I received a product free of charge to complete an Amazon review. I liked the product so much I wanted to review the product on BOTS and asked Underdown if I could do a giveaway. My opinions are based on my experiences with the product and company and are completely my own.
This week I have another Friday Favorites and Give Away! Here is the back story – I am registered on Tomoson. For those of you who don’t know, Tomoson is a site that hooks up bloggers, or social media influencers with companies wanting to promote their products. I don’t do a lot of sponsored product reviews for a couple of reasons. One is that I am a small blog so a lot of companies won’t waste a product on me for a review. 🙂 Another reason is that a lot of the products out there, well, I really don’t want to review. If it doesn’t somehow tie into sports, travel or something else that is really important to me, I don’t want to spend my time on it. In all honesty, it mostly goes back to the first reason, but I just wanted to point out that I do have my standards.
So a couple of months ago Underdown Elastolaces were looking for reviewers for their product. I have never tried these type of laces and I am apparently knot challenged because my shoes are always coming untied when I run. I thought that this was a product I would like to review. I applied, was selected, (w00hoo!) and next thing I knew here came a pair of Underdown Elastolaces in the mail to me straight from Amazon.
The elastolaces came in the beautiful package in the Friday Favorites picture at the start of the post. It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to open it. Dang it! Now I sound like my Grandma on Christmas morning. To continue on in the Grandma theme the package was of the light plastic bag variety as opposed to the heavy plastic slice off your thumb trying to pry it open variety. Obviously I am totally on board with the easy open packaging movement and Underdown seems to be also.
Included in the package were laces, assorted thing-a-ma-gigs, and very clear cut instructions with excellent pictures. Seriously, the hardest part about changing out my laces were taking my old laces out of my shoes.
Once the old laces came out, it was quick business re-lacing the shoes with my new, purty, purple, elastolaces. FYI -in addition to purple, they also come in red, white, and blue. All three solid colors on separate laces, not one pair in a gloriously patriotic medley, although come to think of it, that sounds kind of cool too.
Once both laces were in I ran the ends of the laces through the lock mechanisms and got ready to cut off the excess. Be careful here and don’t cut them too short. You wan’t about two inches past the lock. If you are going to err, make it on the side of length. You can always go shorter later.
Once you have your laces cut to your desired length, slide the ends into a clip and snap it to lock them in.
Underdown is nice enough to give you four clips with your laces instead of just two. One of the reasons I blog is because I routinely screw up most fool proof things and I want others to learn from my mistakes. My first one was cutting my laces too short, hence the stern admonitions for you not too. My second mistake was yanking on the locking mechanism to try to get some extra stretch in the laces to get my foot into the shoe. I didn’t need the extra stretch, it was just me being over zealous. In my manic pull the lock caught on the clip and pulled it off. But, I had another one to snap right back on the ends of the laces. Pretty cool, huh?
Then I went on several runs, because I wasn’t going to review a product without actually using it. It was so nice not having to stop at least once (usually more) a run to retie a shoe lace. I am very happy with how my shoes fit on the runs. I had read somewhere that these types of laces can make shoes too tight. I didn’t notice that at all. My shoes felt the same as they did with my old laces during the runs. But now, in addition to the no re-tieing bonus, they are so much easier to get on and off.
I liked the laces so much that after I completed my Amazon review, I emailed Underdown and told them I would be reviewing the laces on BOTS. I also asked if they would provide me with a couple of pairs to give away and they agreed! So I get to pick two winners. Each winner will win one pair of laces and will get the color of their choice. Okay, now for the boring stuff.
1. The contest is open to US residents 18 or older
2. The contest will run from 8:00 am on April 3rd, 2015 through 8:00 am on April 10th, 2015
3. The winner will be selected randomly by GT – Giveaway Tool.
4. The winner will be notified within 24 hours.
5. The winner will have 3 days to respond after being notified.
6. The prize will be delivered to the winner within 30 days after the winner’s mailing address is received.
Very quick disclaimer here – This is the first time I have used Giveaway Tools. I used them because I wanted to add in some options that Rafflecopter didn’t offer. I have my fingers crossed that I didn’t screw it up. I probably did. There are a couple of options that you are on the honor system on. I’m watching you.