The History of Shoelaces


In our month-long study of shoes, I felt like we needed to devote a day to shoelaces.


Shoelaces have never been just a modern method of securing a shoe to the foot. History shows us for centuries humans have used leather, cotton, hemp and bark as shoelaces and thongs to attach their shoes to their feet.
Harvey Kennedy took advantage of a moment in history, to take the shoelace to a new high. When the era of patents entered the industrial age and economics began to dictate the origin of invention many saw opportunity to proper. It is often seen, throughout history that simple ideas and creations have dramatic impact on society and the world. Click here to read the article.

This video features a 1937 factory manufacturing shoelaces. It is not in English but you can see how the laces were made during that time period.




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