What are eyelets?

When we were kids learning to lace up our shoes, we may have not given a second thought to the intricates involved in the many parts of a shoe. Believe it or not there are over ten different parts of a a common shoe.

These parts range from the Heel cap (The rear part of the foot-bed, whether found in a clog, sandal, slipper or any other form of shoe) to the throat, the front part of the shoe that is connected to the tongue.

Have you ever wondered what the little rings that you loop your laces through are called? Well that my friend is called an eyelet.

There are two different names for that metallic ring that is used to reinforce your laces. Eyelets, and Grommets. The different between the two is that grommets are typically used for more heavy-duty material than eyelets and way bigger.

Without eyelets the holes on thinner material would tear, and we would expect to buy shoes as often as we buy socks. So, this little invention is responsible for the longevity of our $500 boots. Bet you didn’t know that!

So lets see how this little metallic ring that is responsible for the longevity of our shoe’s fabric.

When was The Eyelet Invented?

The eyelet was used as an alternative to grommets back in the 16th century. Of course, at this time they would be used primarily for clothing. Tailors would use an awl to punch a hole in the fabric basically moving the fibers aside with little fiber breakage.

The hand binding with thread can be supplemented with a metal jump ring, once this was done the eyelet became an integral part of the garment, and because of its size it was virtually indestructible.

Since eyelets are smaller, they have a more attractive vibe. Usually, they are put on garments or other fabric and it makes it stand out. The eyelets can also be used in high fashion to make the piece unique and catch the eye.

The next time you bend over to tie your shoes take a moment to apricate the little eyelet, and the big role it plays in ensuring the life of your shoes.