Grosgrain Shoelaces

You’re Tying Your Shoes Wrong

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Like so many other people, I discovered one day that I was tying my shoes all wrong. You may think that a tied shoe is a tied shoe so what difference does it make?  It actually makes two big differences.

Knot Security

Featured imageWhen tying shoes the wrong way the end result of the knot is a granny knot (which is how grain sacks were tied and not a reference to grandmothers BTW). Granny knots are less secure than the preferred square knot, so they are more likely to come untied. Often people will double tie knots in athletic shoes to prevent them from becoming untied because they’ve used granny knots. When wearing ribbon shoelaces, that double tying is not attractive, which brings me to the other difference.

Knot AppearanceFeatured imageSo here’s the question. When you tie your shoes, does your bow/knot look like the bow on the left or the right? If indeed you produce the bow on the left, you’re tying your shoes wrong. If you’re the visual type and want to see it done the right way, take a peek at this entertaining video: https://www.ted.com/talks/terry_moore_how_to_tie_your_shoes. If you do better reading your directions, just remember that right over left and left over right (or left over right and right over left would work too!) gives you the secure square knot. Basically if your bows look like the shoe on the left, just switch the way you make your first cross, and keep the second cross the same.

When wearing ribbon shoelaces, proper tying technique is a rather big deal. You’re not getting the best possible looking bow when the whole point of wearing ribbon shoelaces is to make your shoes look as good as possible. You’re also risking having them come untied, and in ribbons such as satin that have a smooth surface, that can be a real problem, or again, just an ugly situation if you solve the problem with a double tied bow.

Happy shoelace shopping! – Ann Louise

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Buffalo Plaid Shoelaces – Welcoming the Season

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I notice that some shoelaces are more popular during different seasons, and it’s hardly surprising that these Buffalo Plaid shoelaces are popular during the fall and winter months. I’m all stocked up and getting lots of orders for these shoelaces at all three shops.

Warm & Fuzzy

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This time of year we just want to pull out those comfortable flannel shirts, and you can’t be accused of going for the grunge look when your shoelaces match your shirt…nothing grungy about that. (Click on the photo above to see these shoelaces at my Lost in Lace shop.)

A Touch of Gold

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The metallic gold edges dress things up a bit and make these shoelaces great for a country Christmas feel too. They’re adorable with those not-so-ugly holiday sweaters. (Click on the photo above to see these shoelaces at my Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)

A Perfect Bow

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This woven style of ribbon has a nice stiff drape that makes it ideal for shaping both smaller bows and larger bows.(Click on the photo above to see these shoelaces at my All About Shoelaces shop.)

All of the Tip Options

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All of the tip options are available for these shoelaces, but my customers lean towards the red, black and gold tips here. That seems obvious. 🙂 (Click on the photo above to see these shoelaces at my Lost in Lace shop.)

Dressing for the season is part of the fun and a great way to enjoy it while it lasts, so let’s break out the flannel!  -Ann Louise

Black Shoelaces – The Sky’s the Limit

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Basic black shoelaces…we all need them, but do they really need to be so basic? When I first started making shoelaces I was focused on bright colors and crazy prints rather than the black, white and brown colors. As I started to expand and add more basic colors, I realized customers wanted black more than any other color. Who knew?  I do now, so my customers have as many options as I can possibly get my hands on.

Black Shoelaces in Satin, Organza and Grosgrain

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The standard solid ribbons are always satin, organza and grosgrain. I offer my customers satin and grosgrain shoelaces in 4 different widths (1/4″, 3/8″, 5/8″ and 7/8″), and I offer the organza shoelaces in all 4 of those widths plus a 1.5″ width. (Click on the pictures above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)

Black Shoelace Groups

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Besides the solid satin/organza/grosgrain, I also offer several other styles of ribbon shoelaces with multiple colors to choose from, and of course I always offer the black when available. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)

But Wait…There’s More!

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Between solids and prints and textures, I just keep curating more ribbons for black ribbon shoelaces for my customers. (Click on the pictures above to view these shoelaces at the All About Shoelaces shop.)

Whether you’re replacing a pair of basic black shoelaces or just want to upgrade what you’ve got, black shoelaces are available from subtle to wild. You can always find the perfect pair, and you don’t even have to look that hard. 🙂 – Ann Louise

Shoelaces and Hair Ribbons – How to Find a Match

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As last month’s topic was about using shoelaces as an alternative to hair ribbons, the question has come up about knowing which hair ribbons match which shoelaces as shown in the the example I gave with the golf shoes below.

Matching 1/4″ Shoelaces to 7/8″ Hair Ribbons

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The one thing I’ve done across all of my shoelace shops as well as my hair ribbon shop is to provide consistent names to matching colors of ribbon/shoelaces for each fabric type. In the example above, the 1/4″ grosgrain shoelaces and the 7/8″ hair ribbon are both labeled as “Red”. I’ve done this for Satin, Organza and Grosgrain shoelaces and hair ribbons for all widths. The examples below show just how easy it is to match shoelaces to hair ribbons.

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5/8″ Satin Shoelaces

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If you’d like to match 5/8″ shoelaces to 1/5″ hair ribbons, note the colors on the listing.  You’ll notice that each color is available for both the shoelaces and the hair ribbons, and no matter how they may appear on your screen, colors with the same names match, so while Spruce may appear darker on the shoelaces listing, it indeed matches the Spruce on the hair ribbon listing.

For purchasing these items, the hair ribbons are available at one shop, and the shoelaces are available at three shops.

HAIR RIBBONS

Hair Ye! Hair Ye! – https://www.etsy.com/listing/239115908

SHOELACES

Lost in Lace – https://www.etsy.com/listing/182308287

All About Shoelaces – http://allaboutshoelaces.theboutiqueproject.com/mediumwidesatin.htm

Ribbon Shoelaces – http://ribbonshoelaces.theboutiqueproject.com/WidesatinShoelaces.htm

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5/8″ Organza Shoelaces

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7/8″ Organza Hair Ribbons

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The same applies to the 5/8″ organza shoelaces and the 7/8″ organza hair ribbons. Note that there are colors in the hair ribbons (yellow, rust and lime), that don’t have a corresponding shoelace color, so always do a cross reference before purchasing to ensure there is a corresponding match in your color.

For purchasing these items, the hair ribbons are available at one shop, and the shoelaces are available at three shops.

HAIR RIBBONS

Hair Ye! Hair Ye! – https://www.etsy.com/listing/240162998

SHOELACES

Lost in Lace – https://www.etsy.com/listing/185808045

All About Shoelaces – http://allaboutshoelaces.theboutiqueproject.com/58organza.htm

Ribbon Shoelaces – http://ribbonshoelaces.theboutiqueproject.com/WideOrganzaShoelaces.htm

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5/8″ Grosgrain Shoelaces

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7/8″ Grosgrain Hair Ribbons

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And of course the same holds true for the example of 5/8″ grosgrain shoelaces and 7/8″ grosgrain hair ribbons. Note that similar colors that are not identical have been intentionally given different names, so you’ll know they are not an exact match (e.g. Tangerine vs. Orange, Golden vs. Gold, Daffodil vs. Yellow, etc.).

For purchasing these items, the hair ribbons are available at one shop, and the shoelaces are available at three shops.

HAIR RIBBONS

Hair Ye! Hair Ye! – https://www.etsy.com/listing/238088194

SHOELACES

Lost in Lace – https://www.etsy.com/listing/159816849

All About Shoelaces – http://allaboutshoelaces.theboutiqueproject.com/58grosgrain.htm

Ribbon Shoelaces – http://ribbonshoelaces.theboutiqueproject.com/WideGrosgrainShoelaces.htm

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If you’re trying to match colors across fabric types, say grosgrain shoelaces and a satin hair ribbon, matching color names do not imply those colors will match. If you’ve got a particular combo in mind, just contact me via the customer services option at the shop you’re in, and I can confirm whether your combo is a good match or not. Actually that’s a great thing to remember. While I plan to slowly but surely provide information in this blog to answer your most frequent questions, don’t ever hesitate to contact me with more questions. You can reach me at Questions@TheBoutiqueProject.com for questions about any items at The Boutique Project shops, and I’m always quick to respond. I love hearing from my customers! – Ann Louise