With Spring on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about how to add pops of color to your outfits. Once the dark, gloomy clouds of winter have blown away and the flowers are starting to bloom, your outfit should find ways to reflect that, whether it’s through a brighter tie, pocket square, or shirt.
One way to add a subtle yet eye-catching pop of color to your outfit is by changing out the color of your shoelaces. Most gentlemen’s shoes provide the perfect canvas on which to throw some color, and there are two companies who have products designed to help you do just that.
Hickies are an elastic lacing system that brings a pop of color to your sneakers via laces that are fairly quick to pop in and out. Instead of a single long lace, Hickies’ system is comprised of several individual pieces of elastic, each one hooking to itself between your lace holes to stay securely attached. With Hickies, there’s no tying your laces – just slip your shoe on and you’re on your way.
One of the great things about Hickies is that you are truly only limited by your imagination when it comes to creating a custom look for your shoes. Because you’re not dealing with one long lace but rather several individual laces, you can have several colors of Hickies on the same shoe, making your options virtually limitless.
Hickies retail for $19.99 per set, or you can find a deal on their website that gets you two sets for $30. They currently offer 16 different color combinations
While Hickies are billed as being compatible with any shoe with lace holes, they seem a bit out of place on dressier shoes, particularly ones with smaller eyelets that are designed for skinnier, dressier laces.
For those shoes, consider Stolen Riches. The company’s first production included 15 different colors ranging from neutrals to brights and neons. They even have two signature colors: Bubba Blue, named after Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress, and Hollins Green, named for Marion Hollins, the “first lady” of golf who could drink and smoke all night with the men and then shoot a 66 the next day in a skirt and bonnet.
Stolen Riches’ laces retail for $17.50 a pair and are available via their website or at select retailers.
Consider adding some pops of color to your wardrobe with new shoelaces from Hickies or Stolen Riches. It’s a fashionable idea that will keep you one step ahead of the trends.