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Aglet Repair
Damaged Aglet Aglets are a small but crucial component of shoelaces. Damaged aglets can be unsightly and awkward, while missing aglets, either accidental or after shortening laces to length, can be a real problem. This section contains several methods of repairing or replacing aglets.


Why Repair Aglets?
The first question is - why go to any trouble repairing aglets? Why not simply replace the shoelaces? Personally, I replace my aglets because I cut down all of my shoelaces to a comfortable length, but there's plenty of other possible reasons:
  • You're "out bush" or have difficulty getting to a store.
  • You can't get matching laces for your shoes in the correct length.
  • You prefer the eco-friendly option of repairing rather than replacing.
  • You'd like to make your aglets stronger before they become damaged.
  • You'd like to brighten up your shoelaces with a bit of colour or sparkle.
  • You're after aglets to finish off some custom shoelaces that you've made out of ribbons, string or some other material.
If any of these sounds like a good reason, and you're game to undertake a little fiddly work, this section contains several suggestions for creating aglets.


8 Different Ways To Create Aglets
Adhesive Tape Aglet Adhesive Tape Aglet
The simplest way to create an aglet is to wrap adhesive tape two or three times around the end of the shoelace. Combine with glue for added security.
FEATURES:
Cheap
Readily available
Not very durable
Candle Wax / Resin Aglet Candle Wax / Resin Aglet
Dripping wax or resin onto the lace end, then rolling it between your fingers whilst still warm, creates a reasonable short-term aglet.
FEATURES:
Cheap
Readily available
Not very durable
Glue / Nail Polish Aglet Glue / Nail Polish Aglet
Soaking the lace end either with general purpose glue or with several coats of nail polish produces a more durable aglet.
FEATURES:
Cheap
More durable
Messy to create
Thread & Glue Aglet Thread & Glue Aglet
Binding the lace end with thread and glue produces a very strong aglet. It's a small version of "whipping", which is used on larger ropes.
FEATURES:
Neat looking
Very durable
Tricky to create
Heat Shrink Tubing Aglet Heat Shrink Tubing Aglet
Normally used to insulate electrical joins, heat shrink tubing makes a neat, though slightly flexible, aglet. It's my favourite method when shortening laces.
FEATURES:
Ian's favourite!
Very easy
Choice of colours
Rather flexible
Metal Tubing Aglet Metal Tubing Aglet
Small gauge metal tubing, which can be found at hobby suppliers, makes an extremely tough and durable aglet.
FEATURES:
Most durable
Choice of colours
Expensive
Melted Shoelace Aglet Melted Shoelace Aglet
Some shoelaces are made from synthetic materials that can easily be melted over a match, lighter or candle to form a reasonable aglet.
FEATURES:
Cheap
Fairly easy
Synthetic laces only
Knotted Shoelace Aglet Knotted Shoelace Aglet
Failing all else, the shoelace end can simply be knotted tightly to at least stop it unravelling. This doesn't aid lacing, and in fact prevents re-lacing.
FEATURES:
Cheap & easy
Doesn't aid lacing
Prevents re-lacing


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