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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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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