Shoelaces are not only essential to pretty much every shoe other than slip-ons, they’re also a great way to accessorise. Whether you go bright and flashy or methodical and comfortable, you can express yourself with all kinds of shoelaces right here.
Everything you’d ever want to know about shoelaces
Traditional shoelaces were typically made from leather, cotton, jute, or hemp. The natural fibres make them sturdy and non-slip, meaning they last a long time and are unlikely to come undone over the day. Modern shoelaces often incorporate various synthetic fibers, such as polyester, which are generally more slippery and thus more prone to coming undone. On the other hand, smooth synthetic shoelaces generally have a less rough appearance, suffer less wear from friction, and are less susceptible to rotting from moisture.
The stiff section at each end of the shoelace is called the aglet and works to ensure the end of your lace doesn’t become unravelled as well as making it easier to thread through the eyelets. Most modern aglets are made from plastic but you can also find ones made from metals such as bronze, copper, and steel.
There are around two trillion ways to last a standard pair of six-eyelet shoes but some of the most common methods include criss-cross and straight-bar lacing. For a standard pair of six-eyelet shoes, you’ll want laces that are about 100cm long. For eight holes you’ll want eyelets around 120cm long. You can find laces that are long enough for every pair of shoes you own!
Beyond just function, you can also pick up all kinds of laces in bright colours and designs. From brightly patterned ones to wide ribbons and a pair in your favourite colour, there’s no limit to the ways you can accessorise your favourite shoes. Will you be pretty in pink, radiant in rainbows, or gorgeous in green?