Today I am going to start writing about one vocabulary word a week related to shoes, many from the Shoe Smitten glossary. If you have any words to add to the glossary, let me know.
Aglet – The plastic sheath at the end of a shoelace that makes the lace easier to thread through the eyelet holes of the shoe. The plastic sheath at the end of a shoelace that makes the lace easier to thread through the eyelet holes of the shoe.
Although aglets today are almost always made of clear plastic, in times past aglets were usually made of metal, glass, or stone. Many were highly ornamental, and made of precious metals such as silver. Before the invention of buttons, they were used on the ends of ribbons to fasten clothing together. Sometimes they would be formed into small figures. Shakespeare calls this type of figure an “aglet baby” in The Taming of the Shrew. Purely decorative metal ornaments called aiguillette are sometimes features of modern military dress uniforms.
Who knew that there was so much history behind that little plastic thingy at the ends of shoelaces? Well, now you know!