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Alternative Shoelace Ideas

As much as I may want to resist it, fall is certainly on its way – but I can’t deny that I’m excited about wearing my fall boots on a daily basis once again. While I have my eye on a bunch of the new fall boots on our site, I still have some pairs from last year that I’ll be rocking, as well. To update my old boots – and add variety to new ones – I love changing up the shoelaces in unexpected ways. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it.

1. Parachute cord.

Parachute cord

While it may sound kind of strange, parachute cord is an excellent substitution for regular shoelaces. The benefit is that you can find it at the craft store in a ton of different colors, like mustard yellow and olive green.

Boots, floral skirt

I love the fall feeling that the green evokes. It’s subtle but still adds a nice change to your favorite boots!

Shown above is the Galveston Field Boot.

2. Ribbon.

Boots with ribbons

If you’re a crafter, you probably own a ton of ribbon. I like to pair mine with a cool pair of feminine boots like the Minimal Lace Up Heel, as it adds a little more girliness to them.

Ribbons as laces

3. Suede cord.

Suede cord

Suede cord is another fun option that can be found at a craft store. I really like the workwear vibe it adds to a pair of boots — it totally changes up the entire look!

Metal toe boots, suede laces

Shown above is the Jenson Slash Boot.

4. Twine and charms.

Twine, vintage crate

I’ve been using twine as shoelaces for years! I love how it adds a vintage, worn-in feel to a newer pair of boots. This time around, I decided to add a little feather charm to one of the laces, too. The twine was too thick to thread through the hole, so I just tied the charm to the twine with a little piece of thread and voila!

Boots, twine, feather

Boots with twine

Shown above is the Admiral Ankle Boot.

Do you guys have any alternative shoelace ideas? Please share!

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meg -July 26, 2013, 9:00AM

I really like the silky ones. They make the boots look more feminine.

Model -July 26, 2013, 9:11AM

This spring I made really long friendship braclets as laces for my hand dyed chucks! So fun to wear !!

Beth C -July 26, 2013, 9:38AM

I use lace ribbon too!

Juliette Laura -July 26, 2013, 10:54AM

Oh these are so so cool! I would have never thought of this! Soooo going to try these on my fall boots!

xo, Juliette Laura

Alexa -July 26, 2013, 10:59AM

Use 3mm-5mm rope – like these:
They are great for boots!

Paris -July 26, 2013, 11:45PM

I’d been meaning to put new laces on my favorite pair of boots for a while, the old ones had been dragged through mud and dirt on various adventures. I think it came out really cute! Have a look

Megan -July 27, 2013, 1:35AM

I love this idea! I’m not much on shoes..I’d much rather wear flip flops all year round..but this could get me in the mood to get a cute pair of shoes for work….Also, where did you get the cute feather charms? @fpBrigette

Mary -July 27, 2013, 11:11AM

Oh my goodness brigette what is the dress/skirt you are wearing in the third picture?? I LOVE IT <3 <3 <3 <3

Killy vincent -July 27, 2013, 1:43PM

I absolutely love that idea! Boots are my favorite type of shoes so as unhappy I am that fall is coming up I am delightedly to wear my boots more often. If u get a chance please check out my fashion blog

vanessa -July 28, 2013, 1:52AM

ooohh I really like this idea! I gotta get on it and start changes ma laces!

Lynn -July 28, 2013, 10:31AM

Wow!!!!! I’m so going to do that to my shoes!!!!!

Lindsey -July 28, 2013, 5:19PM

This is my Doc Martens pair with new twist ;)

DIYEARTE ♦ DIY -July 29, 2013, 4:31AM
Shoe Charms -April 5, 2014, 1:35AM

I have a wonderful idea you can simply add a charm to your shoes with exciting shoelace charms. TwistieTips offering cute, trendy and beautiful shoelace charms for kids and teens.

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