Frayed Shoe Lace Fix

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Introduction: Frayed Shoe Lace Fix


Frayed tips on shoe laces is about as annoying as things can get. Forcing the little ends of the shoe lace through those tiny holes can sometimes feel hopeless when everything is coming apart and bunching up. I've found a pretty effective and simple fix that takes a few a minutes and costs just a couple dollars.

Step 1: Gather Materials

To fix the shoe laces I needed a lighter, a scissors and some heat shrink tubing. I bought an assortment pack of heat shrink tubing and ended up using the ones that were 3/32" in diameter. You might want to pick up some bigger or smaller tubing depending on how frayed your laces are and what size they are.

Step 2: Slip on the Heat Shrink Tubing

Slip an end of the heat shrink tubing over the frayed end of the shoelace. I covered the tip with about 3/4" of the tubing and then trimmed the excess with a scissor.

Step 3: Shrink the Tubing

Ideally the tubing is supposed to be shrunk with a heat gun, but any heat source will do. I grabbed a lighter and carefully held it under the tubing for a few seconds so that the top of the flame was about an inch below the tubing. Its not good to light the tubing on fire directly, so leave a little space and keep the heat source moving.

Step 4: Repeat, Re-lace and Enjoy

I repeated this process on each of the other three frayed ends, put them back in my shoes and happily reconnected with my favorite pair of laces.

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Regardless of price, sometimes it's hard to find adequate replacements.

Aglets, how awesome! There was an article on Digg about "33 things you never knew the name of", and this was the first one.

"Aglet" is a subspecies of the broader and slightly more familiar category, "ferrule." Damned useful things, in any case.
Did your Digg article mention "philtrum"?

only costs a couple bucks? shoe laces only cost 99 cents. talk about missing the big picture...

I am part of a "shoelace collective" if you will, and some of our laces cost a bit more than 99 cents - but, if buying new shoelaces brings you happiness than by all means go for it! I had some attachment to these laces so I wasn't ready to part with them just yet.

Waxed laces for dress shoes--along with fat laces--tend to cost a lot more than 99 cents. When did he last buy some? The eighties? Today, if we were to buy some, there's no way that they would last Long enough to consider repairing even te frayed ends... Awesome and direct instructable. Thank you!

I think that's actually only about a nickel or dime worth of heatshrink. A couple of bucks if you don't already own a hairdryer or bic lighter.

Looks very neat, I must say. Very prscytical if you already keep shrink tubing in your inventory. Yet, for those who don't, we can fuse the ends of shoe laces very cheaply and quickly with hot glue. Apply to and around the tip of the frayed lace, then quickl;y roll it more precise with moist fingers that have been dipped in water.

shhhwwweeeet but what are those thingys called?