I Replace My Sperry’s Laces And Live To Tell About It

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.

Replacing the laces of my topsiders

The shoe.

replacing the laces of my topsiders

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.

replacing the laces of my sperry topsiders

A crude lashing of the two aglets.

replacing the laces of my topsiders

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?

replacing the laces of my topsiders

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.


the final product

2 Responses to “I Replace My Sperry’s Laces And Live To Tell About It”

  1. katie says:

    i dont see how you got it through the heal of the shoe

  2. Josh says:

    You could try to butt the laces together end to end inside a piece of heat shrink tubing. Use your lighter to shrink the tube clinching the to laces together. Then you can just cut the tubing away with a razor when you’re done.

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