One of the greatest changes to footwear in the late 1970s, was the introduction of velcro 'strap' fasteners instead of traditional shoelaces, but the velcro on one man's trainers is losing its effectiveness, and is no longer reliable, causing his shoes to 'come undone' often.
The velcro fasteners on the Adidas Campus trainers of Englishman, Moys Kenwood, 56, have, until recently, been 'satisfactory' in their function, but this is no longer the case. Each of the trainers has three straps, and the middle one on the left foot started to lose its grip about two months ago, possibly as a result of having been worn during a deluge of rain which left the shoes soaking wet for a week.
Since then, the end of that strap has been 'floppy'.
This, on top of the fact that the uppermost strap - the one nearest the leg - has always been a bit dodgy.
Said the owner:
"They're a sturdy pair of trainers, but that strap is letting them down, and not 'pulling its weight'. I'm not sure what can be done at this stage."
Straps have been providing an easy alternative ever since the late 1970s, for those shoe-wearers who find tying laces a bit too taxing.
Police are not investigating.