String, laces, eyelets: everything you need to know

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As a fashion accessory, the lace can be interpreted in numerous variants, obtainable by playing not only with the colors and fantasies but also with the ways in which these practicals supports are used on shoes. Currently the imperative is to always be eccentric, exaggerated, following the trends and fashions with colors, sequins, rhinestones and glitters that invade every area of clothing. Laces exist, as evidenced by historical findings since the Bronze Age, therefore this accessory today is not only a niche object which gives that extra touch to the outfit, but it is also an element that has a great utility from ages.

Usually in leather or textile fibers as cotton, the lace has an inner core and a structure braided on it, presenting on its ends a plastic or metal support that has the purpose to not make it fray when you use it, this part is also called “aglet”, also useful to simplify the entrance of the lace in the eyelet. The eyelet is the small hole positioned on the sides of the shoe upper inside which the lace runs, before making a knot.
Habitually to match the color of the shoes, today it is possible to find laces of any possible nuance, with patterns and printed designs, or other distinctive and characterizing elements. The strings appear in their classical form, round and thin or round and flat.

The European tradition sees the external passage of the laces with a horizontal connection that goes from one end to the other so that the strings are crossed in the lower passage. The nodes are then the elements that momentarily block the string, from the classic one (loop) to the security one (double knot), or the lace can be kept long without making any node.

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