Often I feel like I'm in Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine
. No, not because my shoelaces break, but because the round ones included with my pair of Converse sneakers just don't stay tied. Sometimes I have to tie them several times a day, even a few minutes after I put the shoes on. In what way is this appropriate for playing basketball? As I rediscovered this weekend, it's also not so great when you're trying to shovel snow. I rarely had this problem with the flat laces on my previous sneakers.
It's time to fire your shoelaces for gross incompetence and hire a couple of scabs to do the job! ;)