People with back problems or large stomachs tend to find it extremely difficult to reach their shoe laces and can be a source of great discomfort.

Any solutions to this?

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    This is a workaround rather than a solution: buy shoes with Velcro straps. That will greatly reduce the time it takes to secure them. You could extend your reach to the Velcro with a "grabber" stick that has a sort of lobster claw at the end of it, which you can close and open from the other end. – BrettFromLA Jan 6 at 15:14
  • @BrettFromLA I think that would qualify as an answer, one which I would upvote, if you were so inclined. – goodguy5 Jan 11 at 19:43
  • Thanks @goodguy5. I still don't think it's really an answer, because the question is "How can I fix a problem with the shoes I own" and I'm saying "Just throw them away and buy different shoes". That just doesn't sound like a life hack to me! ;-) – BrettFromLA Jan 11 at 20:10
  • I read it as "How can I fix this general problem with shoes moving forward in my life", to which "buy shoes that don't have that problem" is a viable answer, but I understand your interpretation. :) – goodguy5 Jan 11 at 20:29

You could replace them with Elastic Shoe Laces - and then the shoes essentially become slip-ons and you can use a shoehorn to get them on without too much bending.

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    With some shoes, shoe horns can work even with laced-up standard laces. – Lawrence Jan 6 at 11:10
  • @Lawrence - true, though it depends on how tight you like to tie your shoes. – Danny Schoemann Jan 6 at 11:14

Instead of bending straight down, try putting your foot up on something about the height of a chair seat. Then you can tie your shoe from the side.

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