Ribbon Shoelaces Presto, change-o! For an unexpected alternative to ordinary shoelaces, choose a sturdy, narrow-width ribbon in a color and pattern that coordinates with your tennis shoes, then cut to match the length of your sneakers' current laces. "Treat your shoes like a blank canvas," encourages Melissa. "Try ribbons in any color or pattern that suits you. There's truly no right or wrong way to approach it."