The Treksta Hands Free lacing system completely eliminates bending over to tie your shoes. This casual athletic shoe has been designed as an everyday walking shoe that can be matched with a wide range of attire. Treksta has taken their patented NestFIT shoe last technology and paired it with their new Zerotie lacing system. With the Zerotie foot-activated lacing system, the user slips their foot into the shoe and slides the heel roller back to tighten the shoe. The lace is released by stepping on the lever at the back of the shoe. Treksta’s NestFIT technology provides the pressure free platform for all Treksta shoes; it starts by letting the toes spread out for proper balance and follows contours to the foot for superior comfort and support. The Hands Free shoe comes in three styles; all leather, Nubuck suede and a ventilated version with a leather toe and accents. A rugged Hypergrip sole is paired with Treksta’s Icelock which incorporates impregnated glass filaments into the rubber to give superior traction when walking on ice and snow.
Treksta was conceived in 1988 by D.C. Kwon with the idea of being the number one athletic shoe company in South Korea. He felt the number one meant the best of everything for the customer, quality, comfort and style. Now an international company, they continue to strive through technology and customer service to be number one each day.
Testing was done over several weeks, wearing the Hands Free 103 ventilated version of the shoe while working, hiking and just walking around. The shoe styling paired well with both work and casual clothing. The anatomical shape of the toe box gives a wider foot plenty of wiggle room. The fit was comfortable with a great deal of support and the ventilated uppers provided a sweat-free environment for the author’s feet. The soles’ rugged lugs provided traction on all manner of surfaces, including snow. Initially, it seemed the Zerotie lacing system was a bit of a gimmick, but after taking the shoes on and off a number of times it proved to be well thought out. The process of tightening the laces by rolling the shoe backwards and loosening the laces by pressing the release lever couldn’t be easier. For people needing to remove their shoes multiple times a day but wanting a securely laced shoe, the Zerotie lacing system is a good choice. This shoe would also work well for anyone who has a physical limitation that makes shoe tying difficult.
The Treksta Hands Free shoe was awarded two gold medals at the 2015 International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Best hiking-trekking outdoor footwear, calling the Hands Free “simple brilliance in design” and Asian Product of the Year for “enabling users to overcome obstacles to getting out and about”. Treksta set out to introduce the first hands-free shoelace tying system and it completed that mission.
- Cost: Hands Free 101 NuBuck; $150.00
- Cost: Hands Free 103 Ventilated: $150.00
- Cost: Hands Free 104 Leather: $160.00
- Color: Black
- Size: 8-13 with half sizes
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own