Have you ever looked at your sneakers and felt kind of deflated at how boring they are? But at the same time, you feel like pushing out a good exercise session–and you can’t exactly go running in your favourite pair of boots. A pair of shoes really says a lot about a person and sometimes a dull pair of runners can just kill an outfit. But by doing something as simple as customizing your shoelaces can completely turn your shoes from blah to badass.
I know that if I had a nice pair of runners to go jogging in, I’d definitely be more motivated. It’s just like buying really nice stationery: Somehow, it encourages me to get my study on! And while colourful exercise shoes have been really popular lately (I’m looking at you, gorgeous pair of multicolored Nikes), most of us studying at university don’t really have the funds to splurge on a new pair of kicks when we still have our runners from high school.
Do your sneakers need an update? Try getting rid of the boring white laces that came with your shoes when you bought them and get yourself a pair in your favourite colours to tie up your tootsies instead. Take this Fashionista for example. Even though her pair of Converse is already printed with an awesome pattern, those brightly hued laces just take her shoes to a whole new sartorial level. Without those laces, you might not even have noticed her shoes, but with them, that’s where my eyes are drawn straight away.
The look isn’t just limited to street shoes, either. Try taking the plain default laces out of your boots or leather oxfords and replace them with colourful ones for a unique twist that will certainly get attention. Want to customize your shoes even more? Try these ribbon laces from American Apparel for a sweet and girly look.
This trend isn’t lost on the Fashionistos either. Boys, try switching out your regular laces from your Converse to a printed set for a pair of seriously sick kicks.
Spotted: Mismatched shoelaces will walk the walk at Visvim’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection alongside some adorable Americana-inspired designs.