upgrades: new shoelaces (laces are so cheap!)

An inexpensive way to brighten and refresh your shoes? New laces! More to the point, contrasting laces.

For standard, flat, sneaker-style laces I recommend Converse laces, which come in a few lengths and many, many colors. ~$2!

For sturdy, round, boot-style laces, check out Doc Marten’s. ~$3!

[Make sure to get the correct length]

before & after:

before

pumas before

pumas after

pumas after

converse before

converse before

converse after

converse after

docs before

docs before

 

docs after

docs after

and after

and after

and after

and after

and after

and after

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See what I mean?

(Which color would you go for with the doc martens? Tough call, right?)

N.B. New white laces tend to make broken-in shoes look especially tired.

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classic: doc martens (vol i: winter edition)

When I (not infrequently) acquire something ostentatious, that wouldn’t seem to have many natural friends, I like to behave as if it goes with everything. And invariably, it then does.

I visited the Doc Marten’s site off and on for at least two years before deciding which pair to get, a pleasant, leisurely quest. It was down to a few styles, all quite different, and in the end (about three years ago now) I got these 14-hole boots with pink blossoms (plum, I’d say: a favorite) embroidered down the sides.

Doc Martens 'Liele' 14-hole boots

Doc Martens ‘Liele’ 14-hole boots

And, one way or another, they go with everything.

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shirt: Old Navy, cardigan: H&M (thrifted), knee socks: American Apparel, skirt: Lace Affair, braided belt: American Apparel

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dress: American Apparel, knee socks: American Apparel

dress: American Apparel, knee socks: American Apparel

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sweater: Motel (asos), jeans: American Eagle (thrifted)

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sweater: thrifted, jeans: American Eagle (thrifted), legwarmers: H&M

sweatshirt: thrifted, jeans: American Eagle (thrifted), legwarmers: H&M, belt: Fossil (thrifted)

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