An eyelet is a hole in the upper of a shoe or boot through which the laces are threaded. Eyelets are added in the closing room of our factory and are added at the same time as patterning and rivets.
At Tricker’s we use various types of eyelets from blind eyelets, punched eyelets and speed hooks.
Punched eyelets - This is the most common type of eyelet and is made by punching a hole through the upper of a shoe. To provide structural integrity and prevent the fabric from fraying, punched eyelets are reinforced with metal which can either be visible from the outside of the upper. Some of the Tricker’s styles that use punched eyelets are Bourton and Stow.
Blind eyelets - also known as hidden eyelets give shoes a cleaner aesthetic since the holes are smaller and are usually reinforced on the underside of the upper. Blind eyelets are the least obtrusive of any of the eyelets but are also the most difficult to adjust. These types of eyelets are mainly used in dress shoes. Some of the Tricker’s styles that use blind eyelets are Woodstock, Kensington and Belgrave
Hooked eyelets - often referred to as ‘speed hooks’, are another type of metal eyelet usually seen on boots. Shoelaces loop to the hooks rather than being threaded through a hole which quickens the lacing and unlacing process. This advantage makes these eyelets ideal for boots since they take a longer time to put on because of their many eyelets. Usually, hooked eyelets are attached toward the top of a boot starting just above the ankle with threaded eyelets lower on the throat, where lacing tends to remain threaded. Hooked eyelets can also be attached to a punched eyelet, allowing the wearer to either thread or loop the shoelaces. While hooked eyelets are the quickest and easiest to lace, they also are the least secure. The Trickers styles that have used these in the past have been Bishop, Ottenburg and Hank