(the mystery solved!)
- The company that made your shoe. Start here if you
can. Some will send you a replacement pair for free.
- Online shoelace stores. These are the shoelace
- Online stores with shoelaces. Stores that sell much more
than shoelaces, but which have a decent selection.
- Shoe repair shop. Bet you thought of that already, but if you've got one, start here for
relatively traditional laces (they're not great for athletic shoes).
- Pharmacy, supermarket or Target. A pretty lousy option unless you're looking for
round waxed dress laces and they happen to have your size. You're likely to come away with a pair
of shoelaces that you never end up using.
- Shoe-selling store. Likely to be a let-down. They're hoping
you throw your old shoes away
and buy new ones. Zappos, by the way, doesn't sell shoelaces.
What you need to know before ordering:
First, figure out the sort of shoelaces you want. Shoelace type is defined by
- Style: Casual, dress, athletic or boot.
- Shape: Flat, round or square (leather).
- Coating: Waxed or non-waxed.
There are a lot of weird variants out there, but those are your basic types. Combine this with
your personal shoelace characteristics:
Read about the history of the
shoelace is this not-so-well-written but quite educational report...
- Length: Shoelaces can range from 2 to 8 feet in length, so if possible
measure the ones you're
replacing!!! Just to make life easier, shoelaces can be measured in millimeters or inches, so
write down both measurements (1 inch = 254 mm). If you can't measure the old set, you can
calculate the right length, more or less, based on the number
- Color. Here is where most of the opportunities for creativity are.
For flat shoelaces, including purple ones, click on the shoe!
For purple round shoelaces, click this shoe.
For round shoelaces (several colors), click this shoe.