Today, I tried to replace my Sperry’s laces. Ok, I did more than try. I was successful. However, since the laces in boat shoes loop in and out of the cuff, inserting the first lacing was much more troublesome than it should have been.
The desired laces.
So for the other shoe, I tried to pull the lacing through the eyelets by attaching it to the current lace. My first attempt was with simple floss.
A crude lashing of the two aglets.
As I pulled the two laces through, their circumference immediately slowed progress. One lace could be pulled through fine; though an aglet attached to it caught on the canvas. Because the old lacing prevented me from grabbing the new aglet, I tried a new strategy.
New idea: Fire. I held the two plastic aglets together and touched a lighted match to them. What could go wrong?
Nothing much, they didn’t stick together at first because the plastic was drooping. (because it was melting…who woulda thunk it?) Unfortunately, the fragile connection soon snapped.
By then, I recognized that if I attempted to fuse the aglets again, I wouldn’t have any aglet to work with. So, I resorted to the tried-and-true-but-really-annoying method: pushing the aglet through the cuff’s eyelets, then holding the aglet in place with my fingernail while pushing the canvas back.