Klöts (Quick shoe ties)

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Klöts (Quick shoe ties) by Kart5a Jul 23, 2015

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Smart and cool way to tie your shoes fast.

Why are Klöts better than normal shoelaces?

  • It is faster way to tie your shoes.
  • They look personal and cool.
  • They will always stay at the same tension. (Super useful for sports)
  • There is no unnecessary ends of shoelaces hanging.
  • Fully customizable

!!! Remember to thread Klöts flat side pointing up. Curvy side will press against your shoe to make sure that shoelaces will pull Klöts away from each other not down. When the pull is away from each other it prevents Klöts open in action!!!

There are 3 different models available:

Klöts 3 - For small shoes and kids shoes
Klöts 4 - For average sized shoes
Klöts 5 - For big shoes and boots

Added strips to make Klöts look even cooler and more personal.

How to use?

  1. Print Klöts (and strips)
    (1.2 Super glue strips in place)
  2. Undo your shoelaces
  3. Thread shoelaces through Klöts
  4. Make sure that the tension is right
  5. In the end make really tight knots
  6. Put the rest of your shoelaces into the shoes.

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They where too long for me. When i bent my shoe it would hurt my foot. Ive made my own and better version.

Why not post a link to possibly help some other people out?

Do you have a recommendation for what to do with the extra laces? The instructions say to shove them in the shoe, but that gets very uncomfortable very fast.

cut them and superglue the ends

Thanks. These work great for running and Crossfit.
I'm not lazy, what I really like about the klots is that there are no hangings laces. They also pop to other people eyes ;) Nice conversation starter.

I printed the strips in another color like you suggest in your pictures.

To prevent the klots from popping apart, turn the flat side up and pull the laces really snug. If they're not snug the klots will pop loose.

Buy a back of 10 neodymium magnets, sphere magnets work best 1/8 in diameter , use 1/8 drill bit to drill 5 holes on each side in relation with each other, use a dab of flex glue in each hole than pop in your magnets, make sure they are snug. Sizes just for reference, use whatever works best for you
These will never unintentionally come apart again, they also snap together really nice..if you flick your foot just right they click themselves together lol.
Had mine in for almost a year now with no issues.
Hope this helps all you Kloters out there.

They work great and I really enjoy being lazy with these. The only problem is that they keep loosening and pop apart. It's most likely that I use them on high-top shoes that they keep doing this, but I also think it's that there is the continual friction between the pieces that contributes as well.

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These would be amazing for people with physical disabilities!! I love this!

lol this is great, no longer will lazy people have to tie there own shoes

are you working on self tightening model?

Klot 5 files is not working in S3D...Makes a bridge over the holes...

Drill them.

Drill them.

Drill them.

I printed out two pairs, they fit snuggly together, but I am a bit perplexed as to which way I should orient them. First thing I noticed was that there is a slight curvature to the Klöts, and so that curvature must be implemented to accommodate the curvature on top of one's foot. However, this is contradictory to how they are oriented in the main picture/thumbnail, which is the only official picture of them in use if we are to consider the original designer's use the "official use". In the main picture they are oriented with the curve facing upwards, and if this is difficult to tell I suggest taking note that the lower jigsaw shape on the pair of Klöts belongs to the rightmost Klöt. Since each half is symmetrical, they only way to orient them in this manner is with the curve facing upward.

So my message to Kart5a, which way are these intended to face? Is the curve supposed to accommodate the curvature of our feet? And if so, why is it not displayed this way in the only photo we have from you? Unless of course one of your printer's axes are reversed, or you mirrored the design before printing. Just looking for some clarification on a minute discrepancy.

The curvy shape is supposed to accommodate the shape of feet. It is because of few things:

  • The pull of shoelaces will be away from each other not down -> reduces some stress
  • It makes sure that Klöts will better stay in place

Thanks for your comment!

almost a year in and still no input as to what knot to put at the end?

A good knot doesn't come undone. Any should do.

If you're a maker, which you are, since you're on this site, you know how to use the internet. Further, you know that you need a knot.

Look up "how to tie a finishing knot" on your favorite search engine.

klöts 4 model is bugged on UP ! software, impossible to print ...

All of the versions are!

I know! I wanted to print one, but it was so bad and bugged when it loaded in.

wow this is a fantastic idea - style and ease aside I see a huge impact for these as an assistive device (e.g. people who have arthritis, struggle with fine motor skills, etc). if you don't mind i might spread the word on these for those populations - this is a neat thing for people who don't have those issues but for the people with these struggles this can be a very helpful thing.

thanks for sharing!

So simple, yet so innovative. Awesome idea!

moi, mie oon joskus kattonu sun videoita ja ne oli tosi hyviä, ja olen saanut sinulta ja parilta muulta tubettajalta idean että ostan itselleni joululahjaksi 3D tulostimen jonka kasaan itse. joten.. suomi mainittu ja thingiversessä tavattiin?

What settings are recommended for ReplicatorG Sailfish Software?

Object Infill
Layer Height
Number of shells

So most people leave the end of the shoelaces und tied with no knot? Also I think having a regular knot on top of this defeats the purpose of the klots.

Please correct me if I am looking at this the wrong way.

Jan 30, 2016 - Modified Jan 30, 2016
Jacechristian98 - in reply to eVenom

I believe he means to tie a knot in the individual laces so that the laces don't come back through the klots, he doesn't mean to tie your shoes after lacing through these. Hope I helped clarify

This is so freaking awesome! Can I put these on my website with attribution and pay you when people print these? I run a print for pay service and I think these are going to do really really really well! http://www.engag3dprinting.com

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Sep 27, 2015 - Modified Sep 27, 2015

Thanks 4 sharing. Ok, i downloaded this set of files, then what? I think i should place them on an SD card, eh? But the rest if a mystery to me...how do i actually print it on my machine? any clue? Кстати - я тут прочел, что кто-то одевал эту обувь - потрясающе! Здорово!!! вот-бы научицца еще принтовать... буду очень благодарен за любую помощь, я, хоть и являюсь продвинутым технарем в компьютерах, но в этом - полный профан. Заранее благодарю:) мне зимняя обувь не нужна, я в Майями, а вы? мне-бы сандалии или что-то типа этого

You will need a slicer software. I am currently using Cura. You can download it here: https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software . First you have to open the slicer software and drag STL files in. Then you have to adjust settings that you would like to use. Slicer software will create a g-code file for you. G-code is like instructions for your printer. Then you give the g-code to your printer (I am using SD-card) and it should be able to print what you wanted.

Hi, I'm using cura also. could you post pics of your settings or upload your gcode somewhere? that way we can get the profile settings from the code. thanks

Thanks:) really appreciate it, will play with this now, i already dragged the files into the software and saw the shoe lock, but not the shoes... its ok, its enough for me to start experimenting:) Thanks again

Boss hahaha I love them! I have one pair of Salomon mountain shoes completely destroyed but because you just pull the cord I still using them so now new horizonts are coming hahahaha
PS. I already did a video of how I tie them. https://youtu.be/yUwoCbo4_E8

Great item, just printed a pair and been wearing them around the house to test.
Made a minor error - I glued the strips on the wrong side (I occurred to me once fitted that they are shaped to fit the foot. doh!)
reprinting the strips now.

redone, correctly and worn for a few weeks, great item, fast to do up and undo,

What Du you do White The end of The laces ?

U mean what to do with the end of shoelaces? I am used to just put them into shoes :)

Could you please Make one for 6 laces.

Sure! I Will make them in few days! :)


ждем варианты на зимнюю обувь )))

Такой, творческий вариант персонализации своей обуви. Очень здорово! :)

Большое спасибо! :)

I went ahead and printed 1 of this to see if I could figure out how to tie this

and now...

I am convinced that all the pictures on the "Made" don't show how its tied because they are not and just hide the loose ends and if one of them is in fact tied is with big spaghetti ball knot

I can make a video tutorial how to tie them! :)

That would be fantastic! Thanks!

Hello Is the Video tutorial in the works?

I made a knot but its not as secure as I want it and there is no point in using them with a regular shoe knot on top.

hmmm.... customizer version coming soon? I would love to see this with options that would let you have more/less holes and a longer/shorter body depending on the shoe. I am printing a couple sets of these for the kids. Does it make me a bad parent to put these on their shoes instead of making them tie every time? <--- That was a rhetorical question, I don't care because these are awesome.

I am planning to make some variations but not sure about customizer version! I could do it sometime :) Thanks for comment!

Any chance someone could explain how to tie these?

I will make a video tutorial soon! :)

Sep 16, 2015 - Modified Sep 16, 2015

especially when the string of shoe clips to leverage the gears of the motorcycle .. and try to put the foot on the ground .. :(
Great Thing ;)

Thanks you! I will make it to the list of pros ;)

Call me short sighted but I dont understand how to tie this?

U can do it! :)

Отличная идея!!!

Sep 16, 2015 - Modified Sep 16, 2015
Kart5a - in reply to svpro78

Большое спасибо !!! (Hopefully it is correct)

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Genius! Wondering how to adapt them to boots...(military/combat style)

In love with the idea!

Thank you! :)

Aug 18, 2015 - Modified Aug 18, 2015

Printed out 2 sets, using them daily, they work great!

if anything they dont come off easily, you have to file them off a bit to make them fit together.

Good to hear! :)

If they were too tight try to calibrate your printer. They should fit straight after printing!

Do these come apart easily? I'm thinking about printing these for my running shoes but I don't know if they will undo easily and tangle to strings

Aug 15, 2015 - Modified Aug 15, 2015
Kart5a - in reply to Cool_Stuff

Same message to you too:

They do not undo that easily. There is a simple reason for that. When they are tied up together there is force pulling klöts against your shoe and apart from each other. So if klöts are tighten correctly they won't come apart. I and my gf have used these for sports and normal use for half year and they have never had any issues.

I'm really tempted to try these for my roller derby skates. How resistant are they to impact? (we get knocked around a lot) If there was a skirt on one side of each of these pieces to protect the joint would it make them harder to undo? I will get scheming...

Aug 15, 2015 - Modified Aug 15, 2015
Kart5a - in reply to tangmu

They do not undo that easily. There is a simple reason for that. When they are tied up together there is force pulling klöts against your shoe and apart from each other. So if klöts are tighten correctly they won't come apart. I and my gf have used these for sports and normal use for half year and they have never had any issues.