We also carry strappy stilettos with caged or lace-up details that bring even more edgy flair to your outfit. What's sexier than a pair of strappy heels? Look up shoelace in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Modern shoelaces often incorporate various synthetic fibers , which are generally more slippery and thus more prone to coming undone than those made from traditional fibers.
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Shoelaces can be coated, either in the factory or with aftermarket products, to increase friction and help them stay tied. When a shoelace is secured with a knot, the lace is crimped, or squashed. Primarily this is what stops the lace from coming undone. In effect, the lace is narrower inside the knot than it is on the loose end, and the loose end cannot make itself smaller and slide though the knot. Generally, a flat tubular lace will stay tied more easily than a round lace with a core because the flat lace can be more crimped within the knot.
Most laces, however, are round and have core of cotton yarn, especially boot laces. For these to stay tied securely, the core on the inside of the lace must be soft and compressible.
A secondary factor of laces coming undone is the knot itself slipping. This is due to a lack of friction. Cotton laces have a rough surface and will make a more reliable knot compared to polyester the most common yarn used in shoelaces.
In addition, a lace can be smooth or have a coarse surface, which will also affect performance. Finishing processes are available, including waxing and silicone treatments, which enhance friction and stop knot slippage. These are important design factors in the manufacture of hiking-boot laces. Shoelaces are typically tied off at the top of the shoe using a simple bow knot. Besides securing the shoe, this also takes up the length of shoelace exposed after tightening.
The common bow consists of two half-knots tied one on top of the other, with the second half-knot looped in order to allow quick untying. When required, the knot can be readily loosened by pulling one or both of the loose ends.
When tying the half-knots, a right-over-left half-knot followed by a left-over-right half-knot or vice versa forms a square or reef knot , a fairly effective knot for the purpose of tying shoelaces.
However, tying two consecutive right-over-left half-knots or two consecutive left-over-right half-knots forms the infamous granny knot , which is much less secure. If the loops lie across the shoe left to right , the knot is probably a square knot. If they lie along the shoe heel to toe , the knot is probably a granny knot.
One such knot has been patented in under the title "Shoelace tying system". This double-wrap holds the shoelaces more securely tied while still allowing them to be untied with a slightly firmer pull on the loose end s.
The proper length of a shoelace, fitting it to a shoe, varies according to the type of lacing used, as well as the type of lace. However, at a rough reference the following guide can be used. This is the process of running the shoelaces through the holes, eyelets, loops, or hooks to hold together the sides of the shoe with many common lacing methods. Straight-bar lacing appears horizontal and parallel when viewed from the exterior.
Formal shoes usually demand straight-bar lacing to preserve their clean, neat look. The most common lacing method, termed criss-cross lacing , is also one of the strongest and most efficient. Derbies can be straight-bar laced or criss-cross laced.
Many shoe lacing methods have been developed with specific functional benefits, such as being faster or easier to tighten or loosen, binding more tightly, being more comfortable, using up more lace or less lace, adjusting fit, preventing slippage, and suiting specific types of shoes.
One such method, patented in as "Double helix shoe lacing process", runs in a double helix pattern and results in less friction and faster and easier tightening and loosening. Many other lacing methods have been developed purely for appearance, often at the expense of functionality. One of the most popular decorative methods, checkerboard lacing, is very difficult to tighten or loosen without destroying the pattern. Shoes with checkerboard lacing are generally treated as "slip-ons".
It is as difficult to determine the exact history of shoelaces as it is for shoes. Archaeological records of footwear are rare because shoes were generally made of materials that deteriorated readily. The Areni-1 shoe , which has been dated to around BC, is a simple leather "shoe" with leather "shoelaces" passing through slotted "eyelets" cut into the hide.
The more complex shoes worn by Ötzi the Iceman , who lived around BC, were bound with "shoelaces" made of lime bark string. As for shoelaces in the sense that we know them in modern times, the Museum of London has documented examples of medieval footwear dating from as far back as the 12th century, which clearly show the lacing passing through a series of hooks or eyelets down the front or side of the shoe.
A popular myth [ citation needed ] states that Gurkha soldiers, fighting for Britain, crawled along the ground, feeling the laces of the soldiers they encountered. British soldiers employed straight- or bar-lacing, while Japanese troops employed a criss-cross pattern.
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