Tie Up Your Trip with Bespoke Shoelaces

Tie Up Your Trip with Bespoke Shoelaces

Lambskin laces, courtesy Aglit/ G M D Three


Sneakers are a must when you’re touring a new city. Exploring world-class museums, department stores stretching entire city blocks (Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s) and getting from one tour destination to the next, your feet need all the TLC they can get. This doesn’t mean you can’t pound the pavement in style.

 

 Get your fashion fix with a pit stop at Aglit Italy, a bespoke shoe lace pop-up store, where fur, lamb skin, denim and even python skin laces are custom cut to your sneaks. In the downtown space in Cooper Square, modern shelves hold popular styles—Adidas, Timberland, Converse—paired with laces of different colors, textures and weights. Lab tubes holding a rainbow of died laces line the opposite wall. The idea of luxury shoelaces seems comical, but the array of lace and shoe pairings around the small store begin to inspire a new way of focusing on this previously overlooked part of the traveler’s garb.

 

On starting Aglit Italy, head designer Tarik Star Baker says, “I was already an accessory designer, doing bags, belts and wallets, so I already worked with a lot of tanneries. I always loved sneakers, but felt there was something missing from the shoe.” Baker started crafting shoelaces in hues of lambskin before including more offbeat and luxe options, such as Italian salvage denim, fur and most recently, python skin. Laces range in price from $29.99 to $260 a pair, with something for both the novice sneaker-head to the connoisseur.

Rosette leather laces, courtesy Aglit/G M D Three


 I found Aglit Italy online after a splash of red wine landed smack dab on the cotton laces of my brand new white sneakers at an event. Despite having been drawn to the white distressed denim option while looking on Aglit Italy’s website, in person, the white lambskin with a rosette drew my eyes. Decision made, sit back and relax while a store clerk cuts laces to the exact size of your shoe and seals each end with an aglit, the namesake end part of a shoelace for which the store is named. Once done, it’s on to the next site—I suggest Washington Square Park’s Arc de Triomphe, which stands a couple minutes' walk away from the shop.

 

Can’t make it out for the pop-up shop in 2016? Aglit has plans for an NYC flagship store in early 2017. Check http://www.aglititaly.com for store hours and the location of the new store.

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