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    Shoelaces are commonly also referred to as shoe strings or boot laces. They are a system used to secure shoes on the foot. The shoelace can ensure that shoes fit properly. Laces can make all the difference in a shoe's look and fit. A shoelace has two mechanisms: the woven tape that pulls the shoe closely together, and the aglet. The aglet is the hardened tip at the end of the lace that fits through the eyelets on the shoe.

    It might seem unusual to think that shoelaces are important to our life but consider: A milestone in a child’s life is when he or she learns how to tie his or her own shoelaces. Before athletes go out on the field or court, they must secure their shoelaces. Before each of us heads out to work or school or play we often secure our laces. Not only do they ensure the proper fit of your shoe but they can prevent an injury if secured properly.

    It could almost be said that shoelaces have been instrumental in modernizing the world. Through ancient times the human race mainly traveled by foot, whether in small groups as explorers or traders or in large groups like armies. The protection of the foot became very important which started the invention and innovation of shoes and shoelaces. This need for shoes brought on the need for sturdy shoe closures. For someone to travel by foot safely and quickly their shoes need to fit securely and comfortably. Shoelaces provided this function. Therefore as shoelaces evolved and improved footwear, mankind has been able to explore the world, advance commerce and expand civilizations.

    For such a small, seemingly insignificant part of clothing, the shoelace has had a huge impact on our world and our daily lives.