Shoelaces with Messages (Not Logos) and Where to Get ‘Em

Sally Schneider

Coming home on the NYC subway, the guy asleep on the seat across from me had the most compelling shoelaces…full of words, snippets of poetry from what I could see, definitely not simple logos. I wondered what they were. I love messages in unusual places, graffiti taken far.

I took pictures as best I could on the crowded, moving train. When I got home, I looked close to try to decode the words…

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…flipping the image until I got the three repeating lines…


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Do I love you?
Do I lust you?
Am I a sinner cuz I do the do the two?

Ahhh. They’re from A Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 cover, Bonita Applebum

That led me to the shoes the subway stranger was wearing: Vans special edition skateboarding sneaker. Beautiful.

I hunted around for other messaged shoelaces I could buy and didn’t find much. Laced up Laces sells a quote from 2 Corinthians 5:7 that I can get with, faith being a big open word in my mind…

Walk by faith, not by sight.

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I’d like a whole poem printed on a shoelace…Laced Up Laces takes Custom Projects

Hmmm. What would my shoelace texts be?


One Response to Shoelaces with Messages (Not Logos) and Where to Get ‘Em

  1. Ann R. 04.20.2019 at 11:19am #

    This seems like it could be a quick and inexpensive DIY project. . . white or light colored laces and a fine-tip fabric marker (or laundry marker). In addition to words you could draw flowers, fall leaves, Easter eggs, shamrocks, and on and on. You could make a pair for every season.

    I’m a figure skater and found the perfect size and shape skate bag. Only problem was that it was blindingly white. I knew that in no time it would look grubby. So I bought a set of colorful fabric makers. I took the bag and markers to the rink and had all my skating friends draw on it. I started the process by drawing some snowmen on one long side and flowers on the opposite side. I’m am so happy with the artwork my friends added. The short ends ended up with spring and fall decorations. After a few weeks of having other people draw on the bag I added some finishing touches of my own. Then I sprayed the whole thing with scotch guard. I’ve used the completed bag for over a year now. I love it and get compliments on it. It is certainly the only one like it!

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