Laceless Shoes

It’s about bloody time. Since I was in 7th grade I’ve always had a pair of Vans slip on tennis shoes partly since nobody else made slip-on tennis shoes. Well, now, only 23 years later, the rest of the shoe industry has finally figured it out and made laceless athletic shoes.

It’s especially important in Japan since one is often required to take one’s shoes off. Say to enter a Japanese style restaurant for example. Or infact to enter one’s own apartment. So, as such, I kind of would like to get a pair. The problem is the prices are outragous here. If you check the prices on the U.S. Nike Page you’ll see for example that the Air Kukini is list price, $95 U.S. That same shoe in Japan is list price 17800 yen. That’s $142.40 at the current exchange rate. Maybe I should start grey market importing shoes. I could make a killing selling under market price here in Japan.

That aside, have any of you guys tried any of them. Adidas, Fila, Puma all make them too. Good? Bad? Different? Better? Worse? What color should I get?

  • greggman
    Not that bad

    I bought a pair on Saturday for only 9500 yen (about $75) at the Nike Store so I guess the prices listed on the website are not up to date. Looking at all the cool designs though I wanted to buy like 6 or 7 pairs 😀

  • AngieDouglas

    Skechers!!!!!  You won’t be disappointed.  I had a stroke & can’t tie laces so I’ve been wearing Skechers for 7 years.  I didn’t want an ‘old lady ‘ shoe, and these are very sporty, and very reasonably priced.  Difficult for me to get in Canada, but all over the place in the States.  Check out their website

  • hanciong

    hai, i like laceless athletic shoes. but lately, they are difficult to find aren’t they? do you have suggestions for me? thanx very much. i don’t like vans type, because they are not athletic. i used to like AND1 tochillin campus and nike presto

  • hanciong

    btw angle douglas, i have checked the link that you give, but i couldn’t find the laceless shoes. where are they? thanx