It’s hard to believe so many months have passed since my last post, and that’s all thanks to my fabulous customers who have been keeping me busy making custom shoelaces. Several new styles have been introduced into my shops these past few months, and probably my favorite addition has been the Iridescent Shoelaces. I’ve exclusively featured the Lost in Lace shop at Etsy for the laces below, but they are also available at the All About Shoelaces shop.
Pink & Green
Iridescent shoelaces stand out the most when they mix colors that are more distant on the color wheel like these pink and green laces.
As usual I went a little heavy on the purple when selecting my iridescent shoelace ribbon. Maybe I need someone to stop me from getting so much purple, but my customers seem to like all of these new purple shades too!
But Wait! There’s More!
There are so many styles to choose from, that I can’t list them all, but suffice it to say the Iridescent Shoelaces are going to be sticking around. If you want to see everything in one place, checkout the Iridescent Shoelaces section at the All About Shoelaces shop. They are too much fun to pass up! – Ann Louise
Since I’m always looking for new and interesting ribbons to create shoelaces, it’s no surprise that I couldn’t pass up this fun new denim ribbon.
Choose Your Tip Options
Just like all of my other ribbon shoelaces, you can choose your favorite tip option. I went with orange plastic on the pair I made for myself since it matches the visible thread stitched on my favorite style of blue jeans.
Just Like Denim
While this ribbon is made from a more shoelace-friendly material than cotton (polyester), it has that true denim look. There is a faded blue front side with a lighter shade on the back side.
They are so adorable and easy to lace without the actual frayed edges you’d get if you cut them straight from denim, but they sure look like they have been. At the moment I’m only offering these at my Lost in Lace shop on Etsy, but they’ll make their way out to my other sites sooner than later. 🙂 -Ann Louise
It seems I’m always getting requests for shoelaces made of actual lace. They look beautiful in wedding shoes, and they add a frilly look to granny boots, brogues, oxfords, sneakers…actually I think by definition it’s safe to say that lace shoelaces add a frilly look to any pair of shoes.
Wedding Cotton Crochet Shoelaces
Several months ago I went on a search for lace trim that was suitable for shoelaces, and this cotton crochet style in white and ivory was the first I found. I’d actually tried crocheting shoelaces by hand, and while that worked nicely for my own shoes, it was way too time-consuming to try to do the same for my customers. As soon as I started offering this style, many of my bridal customers opted for these over the popular organza styles. Certainly I make the majority of these shoelaces for wedding shoes. (Click on the pictures above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)
Lacy Lace Shoelaces
Until a couple of weeks ago I hadn’t been successful in searching for more delicate looking lace that could handle the task of lacing up shoes. Finding quality wholesalers in an ongoing challenge, so I was thrilled when my sister-in-law shared one of her favorites that just happened to carry this beautiful nylon lace in white and black. While the black obviously isn’t intended for bridal shoes, it has infinite possibilities with other shoes. I’m excited to hear what my customers have to say about these since I think they might just surpass the crocheted laces in popularity! (Click on the pictures above to view these shoelaces at the Lost In Lace shop.)
More Crochet Shoelaces
And that same new wholesaler also offered some crocheted lacing material in a variety of colors rather than white and ivory. Since these are brand new to my offering, I’m starting with a nice brown lace that’s more versatile than the other colors, but I expect as these start to get noticed by my customers, I’ll be back to get all of the other colors too. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Lost In Lace shop.)
I don’t think I ever would have pursued lace instead of ribbon without the requests from several customers. One advantage to being a small business owner is the ability to quickly react to customer feedback and meet their needs. These lace shoelaces are a great example of how customers can get what they want simply by asking, and I’m always so glad when they do. 🙂 Ann Louise
Animal print patterns range from classic leopard and zebra prints – used often in accessories, clothing and home decor – to the bolder prints and colors meant to stand out and make a definite statement. When used in shoelaces, pretty much anything goes!
Classic Zebra and Leopard
These Zebra and Leopard patterns have some updated flair in these extra wide organza shoelaces. While we wouldn’t think twice to see such patterns on a purse or a pillow, using these shoelaces to replace an ankle tie in a pair of shoes gives a classic pattern a bold edge. (Click on the pictures above to view these shoelaces at the Lost In Lace shop.)
Subtle in Satin
For a classic pattern with a more subtle approach to accessorizing, these 3/8″ satin leopard print shoelaces are the right choice. Paired with any dressy brown shoes, you’ll always look well-appointed. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)
And Now for Something Bolder
Sometimes you just want to stand out, and the bright colors in these animal print organza and satin laces aren’t going to let you blend in. With some colorful plastic tip options, you can’t miss the mark with these fun shoelaces. (Click on the pictures above to view these shoelaces at the All About Shoelaces shop.)
The bottom line is that we all have some room in our wardrobe from animal prints. Whether you’re the classic type or like to use a little color to express yourself, shoelaces are a great way get those animal prints into your wardrobe for a perfect “pop” of interest. – Ann Louise
While satin is the most basic of ribbon shoelace materials, it can be nice to mix it up ever so slightly with a touch of texture like the checkered satin in this week’s featured shoelaces.
Matte & Shiny
Without adding a contrasting color, these shoelaces alternate matte and shiny weaves to create an eye-catching checkered pattern. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Lost In Lace shop.)
All Tip Options Available
And at 5/8″ wide, they have the perfect amount of bulk to get noticed without going over the top. They simply highlight a nice pair of shoes and call attention to your attire without looking like everyone else’s shoelaces. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)
The best part of Checkered Satin Ribbon Shoelaces is they aren’t “too much of this” or “too little of that”. They are always “just right”. – Ann Louise
Despite getting so many requests for velvet shoelaces, I’d been reluctant to make them since there are no suitable lacing materials for double-sided velvet. My customers told me it doesn’t matter if the Velvet shoelaces are double-sided or not since we all know how to lace our shoes to put the plush side on top. Fair enough, so I made my first pair for myself and absolutely LOVED THEM!
These gorgeous 3/8″ wide Velvet Ribbon Shoelaces are the ultimate elegant touch whether you opt for something subtle like black or something bolder like bright lime. Velvet shoelaces are also sturdy enough to be used in your everyday shoes or sneakers, and they can be hand washed and drip dried if ever needed.
One of my favorite aspects of Velvet Ribbon Shoelaces is how nicely they iron up. They can be easily ironed on a low setting on the matte satin side…no kinks no waves…just nice and straight and smooth, so it’s definitely worth the effort when switching them out to different shoes!
Some Tip Options for Velvet Shoelaces
Because they are so plush and thick, the available tip options are meant for standard sized aglets (not tiny aglets), but you can always go with the “Trim and Seal” option to have a nice little point to pull through even the narrowest of aglets. Velvet Ribbon Shoelaces also have wider tips than other types of ribbon when selecting one of the short or long dangle metal tip options. The wide crimp tip options are available as well, although the plastic tips do not fit onto the Velvet shoelaces. For more information about these tip options, check out the article at: https://lostinlaceboutique.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/tip-options-for-custom-ribbon-shoelaces
Color Selection with Plush and Matte Sides
They come in a variety of fun and functional colors, and these color samples include both the plush velvet sides and the matte finished back sides to show what they look like when that back side peaks through. The Navy bow above is a great example of that.
So once again, thanks to my customers for convincing me to start making Velvet Ribbon Shoelaces. I guess sometimes only velvet will do, and these lusciously plush laces definitely let you strut your stuff. – Ann Louise
Satin has got to be my favorite shoelacing fabric. The sheen adds a dressy elegance to any pair of shoes, and it comes in widths of 1/4″, 3/8″, 5/8″ and 7/8″ for the perfect look. Satin shoelaces are available at all of my shoelaces sites: Lost in Lace, All About Shoelaces and Ribbon Shoelaces.
With 30+ colors of double-sided satin shoelaces to choose from, finding just what you need is never a problem.
Another benefit of satin is its longer lifecycle. It’s a much sturdier fabric than the popular organza, and it can even be used in athletic shoes. Satin also has a Trim and Seal tip finish option, so there are no eyelets that are too narrow for satin shoelaces – basically it works for everything! – Ann Louise