Velcro shoes have hook and loop strap closures instead of laces, making them easy to put on and take off. This is especially important for people with physical disabilities that make it difficult to bend, reach their feet, or tie their shoes. People with arthritis often seek shoes that are simple to wear and supportive of their feet without compromising style.
Velcro was invented by George de Mestral in 1941 to enable two materials to be tightly attached but easily undone. After a walk outdoors, he was inspired while scraping burrs from his dog’s coat. Velcro has a wide variety of uses, but there were problems with the product’s production that hindered its performance.