A quick note about the shoes pictured above: I've replaced the laces with two layers of 3/16" flat elastic, cut to the right length and sewed instead of tied. They're still very comfortable, maybe even more so, because they have a bit more give when I need them too without sacrificing too much support. They're easier to get on and off. I don't have to worry about the laces coming untied; this is especially appreciated since my youngest son loves to play with them. And, they're much less likely to snag.