I had to wear these the first day. However, I switched it up. I took my laces from the Lebron 9 Christmas shoe and put them in these and I've got nothing but positive feedback. So far I am very satisfied with the Nike Elite series and plan on grabbing as many of them as I can. You shouldn't have a problem grabbing these. At $250 before tax they certainly aren't flying out of the store. Go for that good employee discount if you can.