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    Can One Ever Have Enough?

    Following the trauma of a shoe lace breaking on the start line during that final tightening, and having been a planner in a previous existence, I have tended to retain the laces of shoes after disposal in case of a similar emergency.

    An audit has revealed I now have at least 25 spare pairs in all the hues associated with Walsh, INOV-8, Salomon etc over many years which prompts the question; "how many spare laces does a fell runner really need?"
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 27-01-2017 at 10:51 AM.
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    Graham, I have a shoebox full of them ( from both running & "street" shoes ). Only a couple of weeks ago I delved into the box and retrieved a pair of "replacements" for my "best going out" shoes.
    With regard to your quoted scenario, did you have a spare pair with you on the start line ...... otherwise your admirable thriftiness ( or is that typical tight fisted Tyke? ) is all in vain?
    Could be introduced as mandatory kit in the bumbag ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Following the trauma of a shoe lace breaking on the start line during that final tightening, and having been a planner in a previous existence, I have tended to retain the laces of shoes after disposal in case of a similar emergency.

    An audit has revealed I now have at least 25 spare pairs in all the hues associated with Walsh, INOV-8, Salomon etc over many years which prompts the question; "how many spare laces does a fell runner really need?"
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    Unfortunately until recently I also had the shoes to go with the laces.
    Having been compared to Imelda Marcos far too often by friends and family, I had a clear out at new year. Now I am down to just 4 pairs of active running shoes (and 3 pairs of cycling), thus firmly ensconcing MrsS as the shoe horder of the family.
    I have however, retained 1 pair of each length lace (inov-8, salomon and la sportiva) "just in case"....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    With regard to your quoted scenario, did you have a spare pair with you on the start line ...... otherwise your admirable thriftiness ( or is that typical tight fisted Tyke? ) is all in vain?

    Ian.
    Alas, alas! They were the wrong shade so useless, but the adrenaline rush meant I had a storming, prize- winning race.

    Thinks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Alas, alas! They were the wrong shade so useless, but the adrenaline rush meant I had a storming, prize- winning race.

    Thinks...
    Oh no ..... don't tell me that you are purposely fraying the laces of all your running shoes; in search of a further adrenalin rush and more prizes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    Oh no ..... don't tell me that you are purposely fraying the laces of all your running shoes; in search of a further adrenalin rush and more prizes?
    Ssshh.
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    The answer, like with bikes and shoes, is n +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    The answer, like with bikes and shoes, is n +1
    Surely with shoes it's n+2 ?

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    I keep useful-looking laces like seemingly we all do. This came in handy when a lace snapped on an old pair of brown shoes that had largely been relegated to gardening shoes. I found the nearest shade of laces from my extensive collection - a faded orange pair from some new balance fell shoes I think. I put these in and proudly showed my family how clever I'd been. My daughter replied "yes they look OK [building up my self-esteem, ready for...], they look like clown shoes [...destroying it]."

    Thankfully, my tightness outstrips my sense of fashion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    ... they look like clown shoes[...destroying it]
    Clown Shoes?

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