Introduction: Cheapest and Simplest Shoe Lace Anchors

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Hi !

I discovered kickstarter projects offers lace anchors.

we used to do something similar when i was a kid.

You can make your home made anchors just with 2 shims

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All done!

Test it and cut the lace

UPD shoe lace anchors will work even with uncutted laces


1.What is this for?

2. How it works?

3. Shoe lace anchors retail price is approx. 10-15 USD. My way is approx. 0,01 USD

Answer is here


Sergey Kupelsky (author)2016-01-11



heyfrank (author)2016-11-15

What size washers are being used with what size opening in these steps?

mdibblee (author)heyfrank2016-11-18

Also would love to know this

jeanniel1 (author)2016-03-04

Whoa! I was going to try and find my curly laces as my latest gym shoes are just too tight when laced, and then the laces come undone. This is great! Thanks!

uyavuz (author)2016-01-28

it is so funny how you give a 2 cents cheap finger to a fancy commercial campaign :D

jsanta (author)2016-01-28

I did something similar cutting some plastic bottle caps and making a pair of xpand-look-alike lace anchors. I used regular elastic laces. It works, but this regular elastic laces don't last more than a few months.

msqard2304 (author)2016-01-11

Are these regular or elastic expandable (like the video) shoe laces ? Does this work with round laces ?


Yes, it does


Xieda (author)2016-01-12

The problem with this, and the main point of difference between your idea and the kickstarter you linked to, is that they're using special elasticised laces. With regular laces, if you fix the laces at a certain tension like that, then they will either be too loose or you will not be able to get your foot into the shoe.

Sergey Kupelsky (author)Xieda2016-01-12

johng652Reply6 days ago

We also used to do the same thing. ------>>Only difference was we cleaned up the burrs on the washers with sand paper << ------. It kept the laces from shredding while being adjusted. Thanks for an "old school" blast from the past.
Sergey Kupelsky (author)Xieda2016-01-12

not a problem at all

it is not an idea. it is my own long-time experience

Xieda (author)Xieda2016-01-12

Also, the sharp edges on your washers will eventually cut through your laces and then they really will be to short to be of any use.

Laral (author)2016-01-10

This looks like it MIGHT be a good idea. I can't tell for sure because your instructions just end without showing/explaining how it is supposed to work. You refer to Kickstarter projects but do not provide a link. I suggest that you finish the thought and explain and illustrate exactly how this works. Also, you might want to seal the edges with heat somehow so they don't fray.

Laral (author)Laral2016-01-10

OK, I found the Lace Anchors video on how these work:

**How to install your Lace Anchors** - YouTube

They make your shoes into slip-ons. I'm gonna try it. Your method is cheap and elegant compared to the expensive ($12.99 for only 2 pairs) Lace Anchors.

Sergey Kupelsky (author)Laral2016-01-10

Correct! 12.99 USD is too much for me too. My way costs 0,01 USD

hammer9876 (author)2016-01-10

Forgive the stupid question, but if you cut the lace right next to the washers, do you just remove the washers every time you loosen the lace? A video of these might be nice since there does seem to be some confusion here.

Laral (author)hammer98762016-01-10

No! You just leave them there and your shoes become slip-ons. If it works this is a great idea. I totally agree about doing a video and adding pictures with instruction on how to use them.

Sergey Kupelsky (author)Laral2016-01-10

thanks for help

LancasterPA (author)2016-01-10

I'm lost. What is this for? People who are too lazy to tie their shoelaces? If that is the case, how do you open them to get your foot in the shoe and tighten them to walk?

What is this for? People who are too lazy to tie their shoelaces? ---> YES

Laral (author)Sergey Kupelsky2016-01-10

Hah hah hah hah! Best reason ever. Count me among them. :)

Drathstar (author)LancasterPA2016-01-10

LancasterPA Perhaps you should also take into consideration the people this simple trick could help who are disabled or just have limited mobility. Growing up I didn't realize the difficulty my father went through, until my own body started causing me pain similar to how his does. I've discovered that pain is something it's much easier to have sympathy for once you've had to live with it yourself and lots of things are like that not just pain.

Katzsta (author)2016-01-10

Nice description and idea. For those who are cheapskate hoarders, like me, I think you might be able to do this same thing with soda can pulltabs. Even cheaper & recyclable.

Bosun Rick (author)2016-01-10

I'm thinking about 'upsizing' the washers to allow both sides of the
laces to go through the two washers; in the same manner as shown (just put both laces through 2 washers), then
all one has to do is hold the washers in place, and pull both laces
until comfortably snug. leaving enough lace length to loosen the shoe without un-threading the laces. Just squeeze the washers together to release the tension on the laces enough to slide the washers away from the top of the grommets in order to
remove the shoe.

Cabbages and Kings (author)2016-01-10

Sorry but which lace is which?

It's done to each lace. You have to put two washers on each side so they hold tight.

thanks for your answer

ginger20037 (author)2016-01-10

I would like to thank you for this instructable, I wear belts that fasten simular to this and never thought of applying it to shoelaces. My dad has had multiple back surgeries, and a permanant stimulator to block some of the pain, and is no longer able to tie his his shoes himself. I will be doing this to his remaining shoes that do tie, thank you for the wonderful idea!

BryanB7 (author)2016-01-08

This is perfect for me. A big big thank you .

Sergey Kupelsky (author)BryanB72016-01-08

you are welcome

ClementH (author)2016-01-07

is it instead of tying your shoe?

Sergey Kupelsky (author)ClementH2016-01-07

Yes. No tying any more.

ClementH (author)Sergey Kupelsky2016-01-08

neat idea

Darklord10980 (author)2016-01-07

What kind of sneakers are those if I may ask ?

Adidas Originals Streetball 1.5 NY Knicks Rare Sneakers New, White Blue G99873

johng652 (author)2016-01-06

We also used to do the same thing. Only difference was we cleaned up the burrs on the washers with sand paper. It kept the laces from shredding while being adjusted. Thanks for an "old school" blast from the past.

Sergey Kupelsky (author)johng6522016-01-06

that is awesome! i imagine how can a child divine this lifehack ))))) ?I don't recall that my parents taught me

Sergey Kupelsky (author)2016-01-06

oh.. sorry. It is not my first language. corrected now

XaqFixx (author)2016-01-06

Very clever.

Sergey Kupelsky (author)XaqFixx2016-01-06


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