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Easy fastenings

Good-quality shoes and trainers with Velcro fasteners are available from Hotter (0800 525 893) by post from the internet or in the shops.
Mrs Ceila Cope, Oxford, Oxfordshire

I've seen Velcro fastening trainers made by Propet for sale in the James Inglis catalogue.
Mary Ann Roff, via email

There's a large selection of Velcro shoes in J D Williams catalogue (0871 231 2000)
Anna Milner, via email

Having had a hip dislocation recently which happened as I bent down to fasten my shoelaces, I've discovered the wonderful elastic 'bungee' laces you can buy to fit into any laced shoe/trainer/boot. They can be adjusted so that the shoe can very easily be put on using a long-handled shoehorn. I have trainers and my walking boots fitted with these now, and it's even easier than having to bend down to tie laces.

There's no need to look for trainers with these already fitted; you can simply buy the laces (online is easiest) and fit them yourself.
Revd Wendy Aird, via email

Cotton Traders do ready-laced slip-on styles for £20, as do Clarks.
Jennifer Ebel, via email

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