All About Shoelaces
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
My slogan at Lost in Lace™ is “Shoelaces for Everything”, and there are certainly plenty of alternative uses for shoelaces – particularly Ribbon Shoelaces. This month’s topic focuses on my customers’ favorite alternative use which their feedback and my search term results have told me is Hair Ribbons.
At first I wondered why someone wouldn’t just use a regular hair ribbon, and then I started looking around and realized it’s not easy to find even simple hair ribbons. So many of the styles out there are aimed solely at little girls, and it seemed women were forced to get creative with their shoelaces instead.
Admittedly I’ve used shoelaces as hair ribbons rather than searching online for actual hair ribbons, but then again I’ve got LOTS of shoelaces at my house. Personally my favorite use is out on the golf course. You have to tie your ponytail through your cap or visor anyway, so why not add a little ribbon? The biggest reason I love to do that is because I can make matching shoelaces for my golf shoes, and let’s face it, for many of us looking good on the golf course is about all we’ve got going for us when it comes that sport (at least speaking for myself anyway).
1/4″ Red Grosgrain Shoelaces and 7/8″ Red Grosgrain Hair Ribbon
It didn’t take long for me to figure out I should probably be offering my customers single shoelaces to use as hair ribbons rather than shoelaces, and that’s when I opened Hair Ye! Hair Ye! (http://HairYeHairYe.etsy.com) at Etsy. Hair Ye! Hair Ye! offers hair ribbons in the same 5/8″ and 7/8″ widths that customers most frequently use to convert shoelaces to hair ribbons, but I decided to add some 1.5″ ribbons as well.
Shoelaces make ideal hair ribbons because they look great with all the shoelace tips as seen with the Plastic tips as well as the Dangle tips and Crimp tips shown below. At Hair Ye! Hair Ye! I also decided to add a couple new tip options with Ribbon Ends and Cones, but you can tell from the photos, those tips won’t lace up your shoes. 🙂
Dangle Tips and Crimp Tips
Ribbon Ends and Cones
On a bit of a tangent, I should mention that I’ve solved the problem of self-tying hair ribbons. I usually get a nice bow on my second try, but craning around the mirror watching myself tie an upside-down-and-backwards bow is always a bit challenging. I finally realized if I’d simply tie the bow first and put it on my hair with an alligator clip, I could get a perfect bow every time, and I didn’t even have to untie the bow to remove it, so it was all ready to go for the next time! Anyway, I had to share that mini brainwave since I’m wearing hair ribbons much more often now after figuring that one out.
Alligator Clips for Hair Bows
Conversing with customers I’ve found it interesting that many women will only get hair ribbons for their little girls, and the rest of us don’t understand why more women don’t wear hair ribbons. Maybe if they weren’t so difficult to find in adult-suitable styles we’d see more of them, so hopefully my Etsy shop will solve that problem for some of us, but of course the shoelace option is always there.
Again, many thanks to my Lost in Lace™ customers who gave me another great idea. – 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
I’m not sure what even made me think about trying to make shoelaces out of tulle, but it works amazingly well. It’s just a fun and frilly fabric! Tulle shoelaces are available at my “Lost in Lace” shop on Etsy as well as “All About Shoelaces” and “Ribbon Shoelaces by The Boutique Project“.
Lots of Color Choices
The 26 color choices offer all kinds of possibilities. It’s such a unique shoelace material that it’s hard to resist going a little over the top with something like Lime Green in your favorite basic sneakers.
Tulle Shoelaces for Everyday
Tulle is actually a little sturdier than organza, so it wears better than one might expect for anyone who’s inclined to sport them on a daily basis.
Another Great Use for Tulle
Tulle shoelaces work for all styles of lace up shoes or even as ankle ties to replace straps. Of course they are very popular for weddings, and I undoubtedly see more orders for white and ivory than any other colors, but the other colors gain popularity every day. As a matter of fact, I’m off to fill a couple of tulle shoelace orders right now – one for black and one for peach.
As always, thanks for stopping by! – Ann Louise