Re-use bike inner tubes for shoelaces (and bonus lacing idea)

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Being one of those who bikes as much as possible, i have plenty of inner tubes laying around my garage.  I have also always been a fan of not having to tie my shoes.  I eventually put 2 and 2 together and decided to go with INNER TUBE LACES!
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this Instructable, you will need:
inner tube
unlaced shoes

the reason i have two pairs of scissors, is because the big ones are very dull but the small ones work the best.  you dont' need two pairs, of scissors, it's just what worked for me.

Step 2: Cut the tube

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This part is kind of where you need to do a little eyeballing and guessing.  i cut my strip about a half inch wide, and this width works quite well, as we will be cutting the strip in half again in the next step.  Luckly inner tubes have lines on them, so if you cut near a line, you can follow that and your double wide lace will stay roughly the same width.

Step 3: Cut the strip in half

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the title pretty much covers the whole idea of this step...but try to keep them about the same width.

Step 4: Now you have INNER TUBE SPAGHETTI!!!

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you also have two laces now...just to let ya know.

Step 5: Angle each end

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Now that you have your two laces, cut the end at steep angles so that they are easier to get through the holes in your shoes.  Now you are officially done with the lace making!

Step 6: Now for the bonus Cycle Lacing

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I will be doing this on the example with yellow laces so that it is easier to see on the black shoes.

First, lace it through the bottom two holes in the shoe so that it is running under the holes.

Step 7: Continue with the lacing

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For this step, you have to count how many pairs of holes you have.  If you have an even number, do this step on the inside, but if you have an odd number, do this on the outside.  Depending on your number of holes, take the corrisponding lace and put it through the hole directly above it, and then pull it through the corrisponding hole on the other side.
BtheBike4 years ago
Sweet . i vill do dis
This is a great idea - the first improvement to tying shoes since 500,000BC! I just got done converting a pair of shoes to inner tube laces. Have you seen the price on shoe laces in a Walgreens lately? $3.49 not including taxes! For two pieces of string that, even when used as directed, WILL fail repeatedly daily. When they launched people to the moon, their space suits didn't have boot laces. Imagine Neil Armstrong on the moon tying his boot as it comes untied. "One small knot for a man, one Gordian Knot for mankind." (hissing sound in suit stops as he ties the boot)

That said, why on Earth are we still using a half-million year old technology like tying string to hold shoes to our feet? (other than us with elastic or inner tube laces to adapt shoes to modernity)
ashley154 years ago
I think this is awesome! I always chuck out those old tubes..
SWV17875 years ago
I bet you could make them stronger by either twisting the "Laces" or braiding some strands together
RioZorro5 years ago
 My guess is they last a little longer than it took to make them.  But it would be way cool if I'm wrong.
.happy.hippie. (author)  RioZorro5 years ago
 i've had them in my shoes that i wear every day for a few weeks now, and i haven't had any problems
Bill.5 years ago
What is the durability like on these?

Can they be tied like normal laces, or should they be kept at one setting?

.happy.hippie. (author)  Bill.5 years ago
i'm not totally sure, i've only had mine for a few days, and i haven't had much time to wear them.  But thanks for checking out my ible