Published on : 28 July 20213 min reading time

The history of laces dates back many years. Its main functions are to adapt the shoes to the shape of the feet and to keep them attached. Laces come in different shapes, colors and lengths. These different types are defined according to the type of shoe to be laced. And if you’re going to be out of the ordinary and wear your shoes with style, why not break the myth and dare to be different?

Play with colors

Generally, the laces are the same color as the shoes or at least take a neutral tone such as black or white depending on the patterns. They are designed to remain discreet so as not to stand out too much from the shoes. To make your shoelaces more stylish, you can break this rule and choose a flashy or very flashy color. This works well with sneaker laces, as the flashy color gives a different visual effect especially for white shoes like Stan Smith or converse.

Shoe laces can also be accessorized in this way, but avoid colors that are too flashy. You can adopt the color that reminds one of the dominant colors of your outfit or your accessories.

Play with the types of laces

In general, there are three types of laces. Corded laces are thick, round laces with a medium diameter and made of woven cotton. They are intended for city shoes. The thin round laces have a small diameter. Those covered with resins are intended for suede and leather shoes, and those without resin are more suitable for boots and ankle boots. As for flat laces, they are classified as sneaker laces in the casual style of a sportsman.

You can accessorize your shoes by mixing each lace type with different shoes. Drawstring laces for sneakers and flat laces for boots can give half-classy, half-casual styles, perfect for an afterwork or a drink with friends.

On the other hand, the lengths will always have to respect the same principle so as not to end up with leftover laces that are too long or too short. For 4 eyelets, the required length is 60 cm and beyond 5 eyelets, you need 75 cm of laces.

Play with the way you tie them

Needles or tips are the little bits at the ends of the lace that compress it and prevent it from fraying. Made of plastic, brass or copper, they also allow the laces to slide easily through the eyelets.

Regular lacing refers to passing the lace through the bottom eyelets and up through the opposite side of the lace. Parallel lacing draws the lace perfectly parallel at the end, with the two points coming up through the eyelets and then crossing to the other side horizontally. European lacing is almost identical to parallel lacing except that the laces cross each other as they come up to the second plane.

To be stylish, avoid the classic way of lacing your shoes, crossing the toes between the eyelets from the bottom to the top, this style seems to be years old and brings no originality. Adopt other styles by avoiding these ordinary ways, for example by reversing their routing, starting from the top to the bottom, or by combining cross and parallel lacing, cross and European lacing. Let your imagination run wild, whether it’s for sneaker laces or city shoe laces. Forget the rules that dictate that such and such a lacing is better for such and such a shoe. Just plan for the length you need.


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