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Iridescent Shoelaces

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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

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(The Mauve and Sage on the left has softer shades while the pinstriped Fuchsia and Green on the right is a brighter way to go.)

Iridescent shoelaces stand out the most when they mix colors that are more distant on the color wheel like these pink and green laces.

Everything Purple

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(Hot Pink and Purple)
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(Dark Blue and Purple)
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(Violet and Dark Green)

 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!

(Top Left: Dark Blue and Gold, Bottom Left: Green and Brown, Right: Blue and Green)

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

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Shoelace Sites

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At the beginning of each month I like to add a post that doesn’t specifically highlight any shoelaces but rather highlights a related topic. Since I get questions about several different shoelace sites, this month I’d like to provide a little info to addresses these frequent questions.

Ian’s Shoelace Site™

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(Screenshot Copyright Ian W. Fieggen)

My favorite informational shoelace site is Ian’s Shoelace Site, and I’m definitely not alone. Customers often ask if I’ve seen this site, and I am indeed one of its millions of viewers. The site (i.e. Ian) examines every topic imaginable around shoelaces in an almost scientific manner. I’ve personally spent hours redrawing some of his lacing graphics for my own customers’ benefit, and the very first pair of shoelaces I ever made were based upon ideas and suggestions from Ian’s Shoelace Site. In addition to some of the more obvious topics, he covers everything from shoelaces in history to shoelaces in the news. Anyone who enjoys my Lost in Lace blog will surely enjoy Ian’s Shoelace Site, so check it out.

Lost in Lace™

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Another frequently asked question is where I  got the idea for Lost in Lace. I actually started with a jewelry shop on Etsy and added some shoelaces (like the ones I’d made from ideas at Ian’s site) largely to expand my listings, and before I knew it, shoelaces were outselling my jewelry. At that point I decided to open Lost in Lace, so it became my first shoelace shop. Lost in Lace is currently my only shoelace shop on Etsy, and it’s the site where I get to interact with my customers the most.

All About Shoelaces™

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The question I get on All About Shoelaces is why I would start another shoelace shop when I already have one on Etsy. That’s actually easy to explain.

Because Etsy likes to capitalize on the personal aspect of individual shop owners and how we make things by hand, I began hearing from customers who were a little uneasy about doing business in an artsy craftsy venue. They preferred the more professional facade of an independent website. From a selling standpoint, it’s also nice to have an independent site free of additional fees and restrictions. Since I had plenty of website design experience, I decided to create my vision of the optimal online shoelaces site, and my All About Shoelaces customers are simply fantastic.

Ribbon Shoelaces™

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Surely two shoelace site should be enough, right? Ribbon Shoelaces is based on requests from so many customers to see the shoelaces as they would appear laced in shoes rather than focusing on the ribbon itself. It simply suits a different type of customer better than my other two sites, and I love an excuse to design another website. 🙂

HueLaces™

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The question I get most frequently about HueLaces these days is “Where the heck did it go?”. HueLaces was created as a wholesale segment because I was receiving frequent requests from small fashion/shoe boutiques for discounts on bulk orders.  I needed to create a linesheet for the shoelaces that made sense to sell in bulk, and I needed a website put all of the information in one spot in a commercial buyer-friendly format rather than communicating with buyers through my retail shops.

With so many orders coming in through my retail sites, it was difficult to keep up with HueLaces’ customers, and I realized I  needed to make the wholesale process easier for myself. I am currently in the middle of recreating my wholesale concept, and admittedly it’s not been at the top of the priority list. HueLaces will eventually be back though.

So what’s next? At this point I’m hoping that any new ideas or frequent requests I get can be accommodated by making minor changes to my existing shoelace shops, so I have no plans at this stage to add to this set. Getting my sites into a mobile-friendly format and getting HueLaces up and running again should keep me from dreaming up any other shoelace site ideas for awhile. Should anyway… -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

Lace Shoelaces – For the Frill of It

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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

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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

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

Metallic Shoelaces – Time to Shine

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Metallic shoelaces are a year-round customer favorite, but they really get popular as the holidays approach. When the days get shorter and darker, everyone likes an opportunity to shine during all of those seasonal parties and festivities.

All Over Metallic Sparkle

Metallic Sparkle Ribbon Shoelaces - ♥ Buy Your Shoelaces Online the Easy Way ♥ - Over 15,000 Shoelace Designs Available - You Choose the Length - You Choose the Tips - You Get Just What You Want

This selection of shoelaces tops everyone’s favorites list. The metallic threads are actually the color of the laces and not just some gold or silver threads woven into the ribbons. The white shade has a bit of an iridescent effect that makes it a frequent choice for wedding shoes. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)

Silver  Linings

Silver Linings Ribbon Shoelaces - ♥ Buy Your Shoelaces Online the Easy Way ♥ - Over 15,000 Shoelace Designs Available - You Choose the Length - You Choose the Tips - You Get Just What You Want

At only 1/4″ wide, these silver-trimmed satin shoelaces don’t overshadow your fabulous new party shoes, but they do give them a hint of sparkle. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the All About Shoelaces shop.)

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal Ribbon Shoelaces - ♥ Buy Your Shoelaces Online the Easy Way ♥ - Over 15,000 Shoelace Designs Available - You Choose the Length - You Choose the Tips - You Get Just What You Want

While many shoes have either gold or silver hardware (e.g. eyelets, buckles, etc.) that commit you to gold or silver with the rest of your accessories…belts, jewelry, purses, watches…most shoes come without the extra hardware. These gold and silver shoelaces let you choose, switch and mix your metal colors as you please. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Lost in Lace shop.)

Good for Blue

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Blue is great for any time of year, and I wear this navy pair every chance I get! We all have blue shoes that would look better with a little sparkle. 🙂 (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the All About Shoelaces shop.)

Gold Rush

Gold Rush Ribbon Shoelaces - ♥ Buy Your Shoelaces Online the Easy Way ♥ - Over 15,000 Shoelace Designs Available - You Choose the Length - You Choose the Tips - You Get Just What You Want

With a nearly invisible organza background, these delicate gold laces are all about the shine. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the Ribbon Shoelaces shop.)

Whether you’re the type who can pull off metallic shoelace bling on a daily basis or just for special occasions, they always bring a cheerful glint and gleam. And how easy is that?  A change of shoelaces is such a simple way to sparkle and shine whenever you want. – Ann Louise

Animal Print Shoelaces – From Classic to Bold

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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

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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

Checkered Satin Shoelaces – A Touch of Texture

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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

Just like standard satin, all of the tip options are available, including the Trim and Seal option. (Click on the picture above to view these shoelaces at the All About Shoelaces shop.)

Perfectly Wide

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

Other Uses for Shoelaces – Hair Ribbons

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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.

Left to Right: 5/8″ Wide, 7/8″ Wide and 1.5″ Wide Hair Ribbons

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. 🙂

Plastic Tips

 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 Shoelaces – Always a Good Idea

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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.

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With 30+ colors of double-sided satin shoelaces to choose from, finding just what you need is never a problem.

Satin Colors

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