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Shoe laces are an important component to many different styles of footwear.  Not all shoes require shoe laces, but sneakers and other shoes that require laces are hugely important to the footwear industry.

Below you will find factories that manufacture laces for shoes.

fashion directory  Excell Elastic & Lace Industries (India)  : they are manufacturers of webbings, elastics, laces etc. since three years.  Their products are used for various usage like in hosiery & garments industry, in upholstry, automobile seat covers, packing material in textile process, shoe lace, paper tags, readymade cotton pouches or bags for packing of seeds & some industrial goods. In brief they try to manufacture almost every item in narrow width.  Most of the time they manufacturer products according to specifications given by customers. Once customer approves the sample specimen, they take care to maintain quality & adhere to production schedule.  Address: B 7/6, M.I.D.C. Miraj block Miraj 416410 India Phone: 91-233-2644405 Email: excellastic@yahoo.com, urshinde@yahoo.co.in  Contact: Umesh Shinde - Partner


fashion directory  Hickory Brands Inc. (United States): Hickory Brands is constantly evolving into an innovation provider in the Athletic and Outdoor Sporting Goods Category.  Their know-how has helped them partner with numerous global brands including New Balance, Adidas, Puma, Converse, The Athlete's Foot, Kiwi, etc.  Their distribution and logistics expertise along with their diverse sales staff has allowed them to sell products throughout the world.  Hickory Brands Inc. HBi has had a long history of manufacturing starting as “Old Hickory Shoe Lace” in 1923.  Located at the base of the Appalachian mountains they are proudly one of a very few remaining Cord, Webbing Shoe Lace manufacturers in the United States. 


fashion directory  National Braiding Industries: National Braiding Industries is a leader in the manufacture and global distribution of high quality industrial cords, ropes and laces. NBI’s stringent views on product quality and high standards of customer service, forms part of the integral success of the company. Established in 1981, NBI forms part of The Narrowtex Group of companies, a division of SA Bias Limited. SA Bias Industries Limited is a South African company operating since 1933 with manufacturing operations worldwide.


fashion directory  PS Daima And Sons are Indian manufacturer, supplier and exporter of a wider range of leather lacings. Different kinds of leather are used to make a wide range of leather lacings. Variety of colorful laces & tapes made out of fine quality of leather are used to adorn leather jackets, hunting or hiking boots, chaps, leggings, choker, bracelet ends, caps, stretch cotton suits to give these a special touch. Apart from laces, various other leather items are also manufactured such as leather fabrics, beads, belt blanks, buckles, toggles, braids, buttons, ribbons, fringes, flowers, jewellery and mobile covers.


fashion directory  PT Indoreamas Wiratama: they are shoelaces and garment accessories manufacture since 1991. experience producing any kind of shoelace and apparel garment with polyester, PP, Spoon, latex, and cotton yarns.  They are being supplier for footwear industry whose produce international brand NIKE, Reebok, and Adidas all colors available and and price is always lower than others with export quality and on time delivery.  Address:  Jl. H. Dogol 8a  Jakarta Timur 13440 Indonesia  Phone:  62-21-8440016 or 62-21-8613385 Fax:   62-21-8440017 Email: indorea@cbn.net.id Contact: Bowo A Nugroho


fashion directory  Rajesh Exports (India): they are one of the most prominent names in the industry engaged in manufacturing, exporting, importing and supplying Plastic Tipped Shoelaces that are extensively used to fasten shoe and enhances the design of shoe. Accessible in variegated lengths, widths and colors, this shoelace is designed using superior quality material & modern techniques under the direction of experts as per the latest trends.


fashion directory  The Shoe Lace Factory (USA): Flat Shoelaces made in the US on antique machines. Utilizing Sure-Tie technology to assure your laces stay tied all day!  he Shoelace Factory has been affiliated with The City Museum since it's conception in 1997. It started as a demonstration of antique textile machines then grew into a full factory making shoelaces available for purchase to the public. A family owned enterprise, The Shoelace Factory was created by Mike Killian who still runs the factory today. Mike travels the US finding antique textile machines and refurbishes them, often fabricating replacement parts.


fashion directory  Text Style (Canada): Textile Manufacturing Company Ltd. is a braiding and knitting company located in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Since 1915 they have been supplying garment, shoe, and sporting goods manufacturers with hockey skate laces, waxed speed skate laces, shoe & boot laces, garment drawcords and elastic bungee cords manufactured in their22,000 sq ft. production facility. TexStyle® offers an assortment of plastic tipped dress shoe laces and sport shoe laces – in both round and flat styles. Shoe laces are offered in pair-banded formats.  Fused tip boot laces will never fray or come undone making them ideal for work boot lacing.

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Shoelaces are thin cords fitted to shoes to prevent the shoe from slipping off by accident. The shoelace can be untied and loosened, permitting the shoe to open wide to admit the wearer's foot; it can then be tightened and knotted. Shoelaces did not become widely popular until the 20th century, previously shoes were slip-on, buckled or buttoned. Buttoned shoes used a special tool, a button hook, to close the buttons but this was slow and difficult.

"Twirly" laces are elasticized laces coiled into a tight helix. The twirly laces can simply be pulled tight . When made for children, they come in a large variety of colours and textures.

The small plastic sheath on the end of shoelaces that keeps the twine from unraveling is called an aglet.

There are many shoelace accessories. There are hooks to help lace shoelaces tightly. They are especially useful for skates where tight lacing is important. Shoelace covers protect the laces, especially in wrestling. Shoelace charms are decorative, as are coloured shoelaces. Some dress codes (e.g. high schools) will specifically exclude colour laces and charms. Lacelocks hold laces together, eliminating the need for tying. Laces can be coated to increase friction to help laces stay tied.

Using standard shoes and standard shoelaces, a process patent was granted for lacing in a double-helix pattern "resulting in reduced friction and faster and easier tightening and loosening". Another process patent was issued for an alternative way of tying shoelaces

Tying

Shoelaces can be tied in an almost infinite number of ways. The most common bow, however, is a variant on two half knots tied one on top of the other. A loop is used in the second knot, rather than the simple end of the string, in order to allow for quick untying.

A problem that arises is that two half knots can be tied together in two different ways (ignoring symmetrical configurations). One addition of a half knot to a half knot forms a square or reef knot, an altogether uninspiring knot for the knot aficionado, but a fairly effective one for the purpose of tying shoelaces. While a fairly insecure knot, it functions best when laid flat against a surface as it is on a shoe. The second combination of half knot to half knot gives a granny knot, a knot not good for much at all. It is terribly insecure, and most people who use it will find themselves retying their shoelaces many times a day.

Much discussion has appeared on shoelace tying websites discussing this issue and why it appears that the large majority of people (75% according to one website) are using the granny knot. Some have suggested that it may have to do with children watching their parents and mirroring them, but a total mirroring would produce, if the parent were tying a square knot, a mirror image square knot. A simpler explanation is that if one ties shoelaces first by tying a half knot and then by forming two loops and tying another (as opposed to some speedier technique), and if one consistently puts one hand over the other (left over right or right over left) one gets a granny knot. A square knot is the less intuitive knot and requires switching the top hand. First left over right and then right over left, or first right over left and then left over right. You can generally tell if you have produced the square or granny knot by the direction in which the loops lie. If they lie side to side, you have probably made a square knot. If they lie front to back, you have probably made a granny knot and should teach yourself the other.

Learn more about shoe lace tying techniques.

Informal experiments seem to show that the need for retying shoelaces will drop dramatically with the square knot.

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