Should I cut the laces on my Hoka One One shoes?

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Hey do you have a pair of running shoes like these Hoka One One Bondi 3 ?  I grabbed them on sale from runningwarehouse.com a year or so ago and finally got around to wearing them because my foot hurt.

Anyway what is with these drawstring laces?  They’re cool but can I swap them out?  They kind of pinch the top of my feet.  They come with regular laces.  So how do I undo the cinch laces?

The answer, if you are wondering, as I was, is you have to cut them.  Sorry.  Maybe this is a ridiculous thing to be wondering about but I couldn’t find the answer anywhere on the internet so I reached out to customer service and got the following response:

Thank you for contacting Hoka ONE ONE!

These are speed laces, unfortunately they are applied to the footwear out-of-house and are intended to stay in the footwear throughout the life of the model.

They would need to be professionally removed to ensure their continued quality. 

If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us!

David
Hoka ONE ONE Customer Experience Representative

Ok speed laces. Because they are more speedy to cinch, not because they make you speedier I guess.  Anyway when’s the last time you laced a shoe?  I just did it and it was super annoying.  Coincidentally, they seem to sell a lot of shoelaces on the streets of Bogotá (does anyone know what that’s about?).

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Maybe I’ll take these guys for a spin this weekend. Does anyone have any experience with these shoes?  Shall we talk about barefoot-style zero/minimal-drop shoes versus these? Or is that over and everyone’s just wearing foam shoes now?  Oh and can we also talk about foam rolling? IDK let me know.

-caro