"Well, as I've been promising for a while... here they are.
When I started playing Flat Track Derby, I found myself replacing broken or frayed laces on my skates every couple of months. The worst was when they would snap in the middle of a training drill, or during an actual bout. Roller Derby is tough on laces -- in fact, I don't know any other sport that stresses shoelaces as much as our sport does.
Over the years I've tried a wide variety of standard skate laces, shoe laces, and boot laces of different widths and materials from different manufacturers. Over and over, I've found that everything just breaks and falls apart after a couple of months, because the metal eyelets of our skates cut into the laces through the heavy abuse we put them through on a weekly, or even daily basis. I came to the conclusion that shoelace manufacturers just don't make laces strong enough to withstand the stresses of long-term quad skating and a contact sport like Roller Derby, so I started thinking about how I could make my own. Those who know me, know that I've been talking about this project for over a year now!
"Derby .44's" (which average 0.44 centimeters in diameter) are intended to be the last pair of skate laces that I (or you) will ever have to own. The material I found to create these laces is a multistrand military safety material that has a breaking strength of over 500 pounds and will not stretch; however, since they can shrink up to 15% the first time they get wet, they are cut just a wee bit longer than usual (just in case!)
I cut and finish these laces and their aglets by hand. At the moment I can provide them in two colors: military olive drab (my favorite), and white. I may be able to make other colors in the future. At the moment I am asking seven dollars ($7.00) for a pair, including shipping. If for some reason I turn out to be a lunatic and these laces break on you too (which I simply can't imagine... you could hang almost THREE of me by ONE of these laces, before it would snap), I will either return your $7.00 or send you a new pair, whichever you prefer.
I never thought I'd be doing something like this, but somebody's got to."
Leave a comment if you are interested and I'll hook you up!