Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Shoelace end bits



This is one of those things people think they know, or should know, but then can't remember...let me help...the small plastic tube that binds the end of a shoelace is an aglet. It comes from the Latin word for "needle." The shoestring was first invented in England in 1790. (whereas Eddie Shoestring was invented in the 1970's) Before shoestrings, shoes were commonly fastened with buckles(and quite snazzy ones at that).

4 Comments:

Blogger &e said...

On the subject of shoes: In the olden days shoes were not made 'handed' (or should that be 'footed') instead they were made to be identical. Inevitably one shoe fitted better than the other. This became your best foot. Hence the phrase 'put your best foot forward'.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:27:00 pm  
Blogger &e said...

Oh, I forgot to say: My personal favourite from the list must be the Burgundy 201 - a classic among shoelaces.....

Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:32:00 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

I nearly added "....which one's your fave?" Ive got two - RED 9153 & PURPLE 221 (Red on the right shoe, purple goes on the left, you gotta have a system).

Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:33:00 pm  
Anonymous Mad Skin Eddy said...

neon pink go with my ox blood docs purrfect

Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:42:00 pm  

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