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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.
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Step 1: Gather materials

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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

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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

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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

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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.
dsadinsky8 years ago
only costs a couple bucks? shoe laces only cost 99 cents. talk about missing the big picture...
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.
noahw (author)  dsadinsky8 years ago
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.
Creaturiste5 years ago
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.
zanfar8 years ago
Add some Paracord/550 Cord http://www.supplycaptain.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=19 and you have yourself a complete DIY shoelace that will last for years.

Note: if you use paracord, you can dispense with the shrinkwrap, paracord fuses on it's own when subjected to high heat. It won't look as good, however, so I would do both.