The Random Writings of Rachel: Lace Up Your Boots

Lace Up Your Boots





I tend to be a pretty consistent, loyal person. The same things that intrigued and interested me years ago still do. So, it's not really a surprise that I'm talking about shoelaces again, after pointing out the laces in my Converse and my Keds in the past.

Now, Doc Martens are great and all, but I have to say, they come with really lame shoelaces. At least the pair I bought did. I bought them with the intention of switching out the shoelaces, but boot laces are a little harder to find than shoe laces because they ought to be a little thicker and longer, and nothing I found really seemed perfect. Plus there's the fact that I'm currently in a season of: "use up everything you have and don't buy any more stuff to fill up your house."

That is what inspired me one day: why not make my own shoelaces? I picked that fabric because it happened to be the only fabric in my stash of scraps that was already in the form of semi-long strips. I used the original shoelaces to measure how long the new ones needed to be, folded the strips into four layers, encasing the cut edges inside, and sewed a line straight down the middle, ending up with ribbon-like shoe laces, only with four layers of fabric so that they've got the strength they need to do the job of holding my shoes on my feet, and I love them. It's amazing the difference a pair of beautiful shoelaces can make for your feet. And I didn't have to spend anything to get them, since I used materials from previous projects.

*Also, you may recognize this dress from this post months ago. The crazy thing about spending any time in Malaysia (which was 1 month out of the summer for me) is that the American body used to the American diet automatically seems to shrink when served Malaysian food for any extended period of time. I ate a lot while in Malaysia, filling up on all of my favorite foods and in spite of everything, I lost a couple pounds, which means I can wear this ultra-short dress with jeans now which is much more comfortable. So, if anyone actually WANTS to lose weight (I didn't), go to Malaysia and spend a couple weeks or months not eating beef and pork and bread and milk and processed foods....rice and bok choy just don't seem to stick to your bones quite as well. (For the record: They do have all of those other foods in Malaysia, but they're much pricier and for that reason, we rarely eat them.)

Do you agree with me on the importance of pretty laces? Or are you firmly convinced that laces ought only to serve a utilitarian purpose?

29 comments:

  1. Those are awesome! I want to get better at sewing things! Yes, yes. I shall put that on my to do list.

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  2. Pretty! I love that you used what you already had in your home.

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  3. Those are awesome! I used to use different colored ribbon on my shoes :) I was wondering why I don't do that anymore and then realised I have no shoes that need laces!

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  4. The Malaysia diet sounds delightful! Granted I avoid meat and a lot of processed junk anyway, so I'm headed in the right direction!

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  5. LOL!! I would have KILLED to have red Doc Martens ten years ago!! You're the only person I know who can totally pull them off. Actually, you're the only person I know who can pull off that whole look! Seriously, I would look like a nutcase, you look fantastic :)
    ~April

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  6. You look adorable! I love the cute and fun laces!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  7. fun laces Rachel, you look so cute. Love the tunic. It's so beautiful.

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  8. Wow. You made these?! I wish I could sew!

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  9. Love the tartan, it is amazing and I adore the way it looks with blue.

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  10. Hahaha! You look great! I'm laughing at how you lost weight even when you ate what you loved. I lost weight when I went to Spain too. They don't do as much fast food and I walked everywhere. I'm sort of like this now which is probably why I'm at a size that is more like my high school freshman days! Doc Martins bring back memories for me. I love that you are making use of so many things you already have..such an awesome state to be in! :)

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  11. What a fun and unexpected update to a staple piece in your wardrobe!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  12. What a cute outfit! LOVE the fall colors :)

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  13. I would have never thought to make my own shoelaces! Cute!

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  14. Love this so much- has a 90s vibe but with a modern twist. Man I miss my docs that color!

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  15. Look at all your colors and layers. :) How fun!

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  16. I still have my docs from the 90s! Cute laces! I wouldn't have realized you made them yourself until I read it! :) I still haven't decided if I'm ready to wear my docs again...they feel so heavy after I've gotten used to wearing TOMs and flats every day. haha

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  17. I think your laces (and this whole outfit) are so cute! Wow, I haven't been on your blog in a WHILE- I've got a lot to catch up on!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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  18. My husband would whole heartedly agree with you about the laces. He is always buying new coloured ones to spice up his dress shoes. That is the joy of being married to a fashion forward metrosexual Frenchman. I love it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  19. I love the attention of detail that you gave to the Doc Martins - I think it gives it a whole new look! I don't pay much attention to laces since I wear mostly heels but I like the idea of changing them up ad an accessory! BTW, I think I need to go to Malaysia ASAP - I just need to lose 15 pounds :) or maybe I can just eat rice and bok choy here :)

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  20. I wish I would have kept my Doc Martens' from my younger days.

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  21. Oh the laces are so cool, plus your layered outfit is cute and lively!

    blue hue wonderland

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  22. I love that plaid tunic, so adorable! And such fun laces too! Thanks for sharing your look with Three-fer Thursday!
    xo Bethany
    www.perfectlycoutured.com

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  23. I love that you customized your boots by making your own laces. Brilliant! :) I love the ability to make something "your own". Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!!!

    Debra@stylewisebydebra.com

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  24. Rachel, you rock!! This outfit made me so happy!! Thank you for linking up for Passion For Fashion!!

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  25. Love that dress! And it looks so cool styled over the jeans. Aren't you the crafty one...making your own shoe laces!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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