Here’s an extremely easy way to carry your fall or winter shoes into spring.  Dollar store ribbon, a favorite of DIY fashionistas, replaces boring shoe strings.  This is also an inexpensive workaround if you are having trouble finding shoes to match a particular outfit; just find ribbon to match instead.  (It makes it a great idea for weddings, formal dances, or other fancy-dress occasions!)

Project estimate:

  • Lace up shoes, on hand
  • Ribbon, on hand $1

Total: Free or $1

Simply remove the existing shoe strings. Measure an equal (or longer) length of ribbon.

Lightly burn the ends to prevent fraying.

Lace your shoes.

Adorable, right?  (And generally cheaper than actual shoelaces too!)