The Color Wheel of Sneakers: Matching Lace Color

The right pair of laces can make or break the difference in sneakers being ordinary shoes or a statement piece. Some basic color theory will undoubtedly come in handy when picking out laces that, together with the sneakers, will be not only in tune with the sneakers but will also say a bit about the person wearing them. Here's a guide on using the color wheel to match Lace Lab laces with your favorite pair of kicks. 

Understanding the Color Wheel

The color wheel is a tremendous underlying tool used in art and design, illustrating the relationship among colors. It includes the following general terms:

  • Primary Colors: Red, yellow, and blue are the bases from which all other colors are made.

  • Secondary Colors: Orange, green, and purple.

  • Tertiary Colors: Third color resulting from mixing a primary color with a secondary one, such as blue-green or red-orange.

Color Harmony

Color harmony could be a pleasing arrangement of colors, and the following are some strategies based on color harmony for laces:

  • Complementary Colors: These are colors directly opposite in the color wheel, like blue to orange. Using the two gives a vibrant effect; for example, orange laces on blue sneakers will make the two pop.

  • Analogous Colors: These are colors found right next to each other on the color wheel. It makes for a calm, smooth look in clothes with less pop. Example: A pair of yellow-green sneakers, if the laces of the same are of green color, then it enhances the overall effect without popping too much.

  • Triadic Colors: These are three evenly spaced colors found around the color wheel, like red, yellow, and blue. This will give a pretty strong scheme, whether you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.

Practical Tips on How to Choose Laces to Match Your Sneakers

  • Classic and Subtle: Stick to a classic look by either matching your laces with the main color of the shoe or going for colors like blacks, whites, or greys. In this scenario, the look is brought together; therefore, making it subtle.

  • Standout with bold and bright laces that match your sneaker color. For example, purple laces can offer some surprising pop for your yellow kicks.

  • Seasonal Shades: Consider the color palettes for the season; think lighter—say, pastels for spring—and darker, richer colors for fall. Your sneaker game is sure to be in sync with the seasons.

  • Thematic Ties: If you're dressing up for a thematic occasion, say, a party or even for some holiday, these laces might pretty well be your fun twist to complete your outfit. For holidays, red and green neon brights for a summer festival could add that extra thematic touch.

The right choice of a color lace is not only in harmony with the color of the sneaker but also considers the shoes an integral part of the outfit and a way of individual expression. Mix and match different colors and shades from Lace Lab to settle for the right combination that best speaks to your style. Whether you're hitting the streets or running out to a meeting, the right colors of the laces can help bring new life to your game.