Dr. Martens and customized shoelaces…

Earlier this week, I fulfilled a long-time wish and purchased a pair of Dr. Martens. I’ve loved them since I was in college, but for some reason, I never got around to purchasing them until now. It was a want and spending over $100 for a pair of boots, isn’t something I typically do. But… Dr. Martens, tend to last a long time especially if they’re well maintained. I take great care of my items. I much prefer quality over quantity and so, I finally purchased a pair. The standard black shoelaces were instantly discarded and replaced with these shoelaces.

Just look at them, how can you not like them? Yes, I crafted them myself.


Recycled photo of my bias tape machine


That bias tape was created with leftover scraps from a bolero jacket that I’d designed and crafted for my daughter when she was nine years old, so… five years ago.

Where did I get the shoelaces? I made them from the bias tape, that I’d created with my binder tape machine, that was about two years ago, and I wrote about this particular bias tape that I’d made with my bias tape machine in this post.

Since my Dr. Martens arrived on Wednesday, I’ve been wearing them daily. To break them in of course… and I must say, I’m enjoying this simple pleasure immensely. My daughter said, “Mom, it’s about time you start working yourself into the purchasing something for yourself equation.” I imagine she’s right. Early next year, my daughter and I’ll be visiting the closest Dr. Marten’s store to us, which is located in Washington, DC and, I’ll be purchasing a pair of shoes for my daughter. She does love boots and owns a pair of Timberlands. Her favorite shoe is Sperrys, both are great quality brands, that last a long time… with proper maintenance.

Earlier this month, I celebrated my 47th birthday and while I don’t get into my own birthday, my daughter does. She sketched for me a lovely picture and, she wrote me the most beautiful letter. I’m framing both. What she gave me and the above boots make this birthday a bit more memorable.

4 thoughts to “Dr. Martens and customized shoelaces…”

  1. Happy Birthday! I love the shoes and laces. What a great idea. I make my own binding and store it on old tubes from paper or towels. Works well. I just learned a great way to make binding from striped fabric too. It’s fun.


    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    Thank you. I love creating my own binding also. I can’t wait to use some of the bindings for quilting. 🙂


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