little things that bug me: new shoe shoelaces

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    Jun 15, 2015 8:39 PM GMT
    Anyone else have this problem:

    Why do new shoes have the first laces coming across on the outside when all the rest are on the inside? I always re-lace them so that they're all on the inside. (I have to unlace them anyhow because I put two knots down at the first eyelets because one end always ends up getting longer than the other; the knots stop them from shifting.)

    How they come (I've started unlacing it):

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    How they look after I've re-laced them:

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    Jun 15, 2015 8:46 PM GMT
    IKR? Those little kids in Bangladesh are too blinded by the 5 cents an hour they are getting paid...icon_evil.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 16, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    Hm, I always pictured you in velcro shoes.
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    Jun 16, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    You actually wear shoes? Wow! How can you afford such luxury? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 16, 2015 11:03 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidHm, I always pictured you in velcro shoes.

    I had some once, long ago. After a while the velcro started separating from the strap. The shoes were still going strong but the straps gave up the ghost.
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    Jun 17, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    Nope, don't have this problem...My shoe lace's generally stay fairly even. After all I'm not 4, and can tie them on my own, even with my advanced years and all….. LOL.
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    Jun 17, 2015 6:19 AM GMT
    Really... how many shoes these days actually last longer than the first pair of laces?
    It seems like,just after I change the laces for the first time, the soles peel off. icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 17, 2015 6:41 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidReally... how many shoes these days actually last longer than the first pair of laces?
    It seems like,just after I change the laces for the first time, the soles peel off. icon_cry.gif

    The laces are probably nylon or some other fabric that withstands a lot of abrasion. Remember when shoelaces were cotton and wore out all the time? Before tying the laces you'd pull on them, and snap! one end would break off. I used to use rawhide laces and they break sooner than these nylon or whatever ones do.
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    Jun 17, 2015 6:52 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIt is a bit of a pain to thread that type of shoelace into place so it looks perfect.
    I've had trouble in the past two. You basically have to use both hands and hold the shoelace almost like you're holding dental floss. Then you have to pipe it from left to right while you twist it in order for it to lay the way it needs to.
    The only other option I could suggest is to get a simple pair of shoelaces that have a tubular cylindrical shape so then you don't have to worry about them laying perfectly flat. You can find them in just about any color.

    The twisting doesn't bother me too much. I do untwist them every so often when I see it's getting out of hand.

    But it just seems weird to me to have those first two eyelets threaded from the outside when all the rest are threaded from the inside. Obviously it's trivial and easy to fix and a one time fix and I'll be unlacing the shoes anyhow to put the stopper knots in. I guess I'm wondering why they do this unsymmetrical way of lacing. Is this some stylish way of doing the first eyelets that only the lacing cognoscenti know about?
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    Jun 19, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
    Oy veh!! Is life too short already or WHAT!!!!
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    Jun 20, 2015 6:37 AM GMT
    There's no right way to lace shoes. Unless you're in the military. Lol.

    Mainly runners lace their shoes differently..

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    Jun 20, 2015 5:45 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThere's no right way to lace shoes. Unless you're in the military. Lol.
    Mainly runners lace their shoes differently..

    Yes. The http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ site has all sorts of weird and exotic lacings, and nice animated diagrams so that you can figure out how to do them.

    I once tried the one where it's like the regular way but the shoelaces always enter from the outside (what he calls Display Shoe Lacing) but it adds a lot of friction so it's very hard to tighten or loosen the shoelaces.