Patent Fashions – Met-A-Lace

IMGP8930IMGP8927Met-A-Lace was a Canadian patent shoelace replacement consisting of metal bars that anchored through the holes on one side of the opening of a pair of laced shoes or boots, hooking into the opposite side. The display box carried a variety of sizes, all with the promise “MET-A-Lace – Quick as a Flash! No more broken laces – All Colours”, although black and brown are the only options in this display box. The Canadian patent #185825 was granted on Sept. 30,1918.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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