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How nice it would be if every pair of shoes came with 2-3 pairs of spare laces. Instead, you can hardly find 1 pair of spare laces in the shoe box nowadays and so you have to go in search of high-quality, matching laces yourself and where to buy laces.
But like so many things in the world, laces are a product that, like tights, thrives on cheap quality, according to the motto "the fresher the lace, the quicker the customer buys a new pair".
And yet laces are so important because they make a big difference, especially when we talk about shoe care. No matter how polished your leather shoe is, if the laces are frayed the look of the footwear is ruined. You will quickly notice in your search that shoelaces in the 5-6 euro range all look the same and the range of "manufacturers" is identical: small colour selection, cheap plastic tips and plasticised look. In short: Made in China but packaged in Germany or in Italy and therefore Made in Germany or Made in Italy.
As a shoemaker this was a situation that was hard to accept. When you put 80-100 hours into a pair of shoes, it hurts when you have to round off the shoe with a cheap lace. That's where the idea for laces came from, partly out of personal need and partly out of the knowledge that there are enough people who appreciate the difference in quality and the wider range of colours.
So what is the difference between Senkels' laces and the laces of the competition?
To answer this question, we divide the answer into 4 chapters:
Our shoelaces are made of 100% cotton and while that is nothing unusual, the big difference here is the quality of the cotton. As many may know, big brands save money by recycling old, used cotton. The problem is that by recycling and reprocessing the cotton fibre suffers greatly which results in the fibre length being massively shortened. This would not be a problem if the strength of the cotton did not depend on the length of the fibre. Unfortunately, it is exactly this recycled cotton that is used for shoelaces, primarily to save costs and because virgin/organic cotton is becoming more and more expensive. The result is that you get a cotton shoelace that is much less tear-resistant due to the weakened, recycled cotton. Who benefits from that? Only the manufacturer, of course, because the sooner the laces tear, the sooner the customer needs a new pair of laces, and you can't really tell when you buy them whether the quality of the cotton is high or not.
Senkels shoelaces are made of 100% new, organic cotton. This means that the material is completely unused and still has all its strength. Even though our laces can't work magic and will wear out sooner or later, our cotton makes them a lot stronger and stiffer than other cotton laces.
Herbal laces are braided in white, i.e. un-dyed, and then dipped in dye as a finished product. This saves a lot of time in the industry because the yarn does not have to be pre-dyed and the braiding machines do not have to be rewound. The problem with this is that the dye only covers the lace from the outside and the lace lightens and begins to fray after a short time.
With our laces, the different colours are braided with the correctly dyed yarns in each case. This means that our shoe laces are dyed through and do not fade as quickly. In addition, the yarn is fully covered in dye to prevent fraying.
Nowadays, people have already got used to it. You buy a new pair of laces, no matter if flat or round, and after 1 week you have lost a plastic tip, even though the laces themselves are still fine.
When the plastic laces do last, you often notice after a few weeks that the plastic laces have taken on a yellowish hue, mainly due to sun and weather.
Senkels counteracts this with our 6 noble tips made of pure metal. These are applied individually, i.e. after receipt of the order, to the custom-made shoe laces. On the one hand, this means that each pair of our laces is a custom-made product, but also that these metal laces are much more robust due to the hand-made application and can hardly be removed from the laces. With our laces you can safely say goodbye to the situation that you have to walk around with frayed laces.
4. Which laces for which shoes?
There is a wide range of different laces for various shoe models. They come in round and flat, thick and thin and tight or coarsely braided. Which lace is the right one for your shoe or which one you should buy depends on your taste on the one hand and on the shoe model or occasion on the other. Furthermore, don't be misled by the different terms. Laces, shoelaces, shoelaces and shoelaces are different names for the same product. In our offer we have chosen the latter term.
If it is casual shoes for which you are looking for new laces, you should choose from our range of sneaker laces or shoe laces. Due to the often wide lacing of casual shoes or sneakers, narrow shoe laces would be too dainty. Therefore, our sneaker laces are the most popular choice among our customers. No matter how many lugs or laces your sneaker or casual shoe has, you can find sneaker laces in all lengths and colours in our shop.
If you are looking for new laces for elegant work shoes or lace-up shoes, you should go for waxed laces. On the one hand, they are much thicker and dirtier, and on the other hand, they are much more elegant due to their wax coating. Our wax coating ensures maximum durability as it repels water and dirt and provides a beautiful shine that enhances even the finest pair of shoes. Their thin gauge makes them easy to fit whether your shoe has an open or closed lacing.
The difference between round and flat laces lies not only in their appearance but also in their construction, as round laces, unlike flat laces, have a fabric core. Flat laces, on the other hand, are produced as a tube. Round laces are therefore considered the more stable laces and are preferred for boots or shoes with lace hooks. So if you need a pair of elegant laces that offer maximum durability, use waxed round laces. If you are looking for an elegant look for your shoes, buy flat waxed laces.
What do we stand for?
Senkels stands for both the highest quality, eco-friendly thinking and fast, free shipping. Buy new laces easily online, 24 hours a week, and get your laces in your mailbox within a few days.
We stand for:
- Best quality at a reasonable price
- 100% Made in Austria
- Fair online trade
- Environmentally friendly packaging and delivery
- Fast, free shipping
No matter what lace length or colour you need for your shoes, with our wide range of standard lengths and the option to order custom lengths, there's no excuse for laces that are too short or too long. Buy branded laces in the optimal length with our Length Guide.
If you have any further questions, take a look at our FAQ page to find answers to frequently asked questions.