There are many different styles of shoelaces. They come in an array of
lengths, colors, and shapes. Some styles of laces may work better for certain
types of shoes. Some people may just have a personal preference on what type of
style of laces they like. Others may want to add a splash of color or fashion to
their sneakers. This article will break down everything you need to know about
Lace Types and Lengths
Laces are categorized by what type of shoe they are made for, and also by shape.
They can be any color and made of many different materials including leather,
cotton, hemp, or synthetic fibers such as nylon. The sizes (in inches) are
generally 27, 30, 36, 45, 54, 60, 72; although they can vary by style or
brand. For replacing old or worn-out laces, you can use a tape measure if you
are not sure how long the laces are. There is also a general guideline for
figuring out what size shoestring you will need.
27-30 fits shoes with 2 or 3 pairs of eyelets
36-40 fits shoes with 4 or 5 pairs of eyelets
45 fits shoes with 6 or 7 pairs of eyelets
54 fits shoes or boots with 6 to 8 pairs of eyelets
60-72 fits boots with 7+ pairs of eyelets
Different Shoe Lace Styles
Keep in mind that flat and wide laces are better suited for canvas styles and
skate shoes, while round and oval ones are better suited for athletic styles.
Other Shoe Lace Styles
Waxed Dress (waxed laces are usually thinner and stiffer than unwaxed, and
commonly worn in mens dress shoe styles.
With new innovations in shoelaces, there have been laces created to turn shoe
styles into slip-ons, and also ones that are elastic with special locks to keep
them secured. These types of laces can be a godsend for a disabled or elderly
person, who may have a harder time trying to tie laces.
Elastic Spiral Spring
Tap Shoe Laces
Fun Fact: The hard, plastic casings at the ends of the shoestrings are called
Fun Lacing Ideas
An interesting way to lace up shoes is called bar-lacing. Instead of lacing
shoes the traditional cross-over way, they are laced in a way that creates
straight lines on laces across the shoes tongue. This video demonstration can
show you exactly how to bar-lace.
There are many other cool ways to lace up shoes including checkerboard
lacing, spider web style, cross-lock, and starburst lacing. There are many
YouTube videos that explain exactly how to do these.
It can also be fun to use multiple or mismatched shoestrings if going for a
fun look. There are many different novelty shoestrings out there such as
light-up ones or neon ones. Get creative and jazz up your sneakers with fun
laces to really express yourself.