They're currently on sale at Brookstone.com for 2 packs for $30 and come in all sorts of crazy colors. Each box includes 14 Hickies (we got black and gray) plus two bonus in a random color (we ended up with puke green and brown bonus ones, which we'll probably use as cord wraps).
Fitting 'em on: Hickies are sturdy things, and we really had to play with the number we used on our shoe and eyelet placement for max comfort and fit, but easy on-and-off. On a high-top of 8 eyelets rows, we only need to use 4 Hickies. That means only 8 Hickies total took care of this one pair, freeing up the other 8 in the package for another set of shoes.
Replacing the laces is extremely easy and, though we gave them a real workout, none even threatened snapping.
At the airport: Stepping on the back of our heels to slip out of the shoes worked; this wouldn't have been so possible laced up. Plopped 'em in the TSA bin and we were through, able to slip our shoes back on while still waiting for our carryon to come through the scanner. No sitting down required, no holding up the line, no knots in laces and no sweat. Two thumbs up.
In conclusion: These shoes will likely never see their original laces again. We've been wearing the Hickies almost daily for several weeks now, including the week away to SF, and even been complimented on them several times. Trying them on a pair of classic Converse, the effect is similarly pleasing (and it's even the way Brookstone displays them on their website).
Preparing to head through the X-ray machine
Hickies sent us a set for review, but we made no promises and all photos and opinions are completely our own.