A while ago I bought a pair of gorgeous Dr Martens boots.
The boots came with two pairs of laces – a ribbon pair and ‘normal’ woven laces.
I loved the ribbon laces, but as these boots are designed to be worn with the top folded down the ribbons were too short to lace through all 18 holes.
After a bit of time with google I found out about heat shrink tube. I bought this on ebay – it’s the 4.5mm diameter which shrinks to about 2.5mm.
This is amazing stuff – cut about an inch, thread the end of the ribbon through it and blast with a hair dryer for a couple of minutes.
Result – professional looking ends to ribbon laces.
I’m already making plans for a visit to my local sewing shop. I need polka dot laces………