shoelaces

In the United States, the sequence 27, 30, 36, 40, 45, 54, 63 and 72 inches was already usual at least as early as 1919.1 Lengths appropriate to various uses include:

Infant's Shoes
Oxfords, sizes 3 to 12 18″
High shoes 24″
Children's Shoes
Shoe sizes 12½ to 8 24″
Shoe sizes 8½  to 12 27″
Men's Shoes
Pairs of eyelets Dress Shoes Casual Shoes
1 or 2 18″ 18″
3 or 4 24″ 27″
5 or 6 27″ 36″
7 or 8 36″  
Boots and Work Shoes
Oxford 27″
6 to 8 inches high 40″
8 to 10 inches high 54″
10 inches high and over 72″
Sport Shoes, by Type
Golf 27″
Low cut (boys, girls, ladies) 36″
Low cut (men's) 40″ or 45″
Hightop (men's) 54″
Ice skates 72″ or 81″
Lengths of Currently Manufactured Shoelaces, with Some Uses
Available
Lengths
Pairs of
Eyelets
Uses
14″   children's
18″   children's
21″    
24″ 2, 3  
27″ 3, 4  
30″ 4, 5 golf shoes;
33″   patent leather tuxedo shoes
36″ 4, 5 longest waxed dress laces;
golf shoes
40″    
45″ 5, 6  
48″ 6 work boots
54″ 6, 7 round leather laces
60″ 7, 8  
63″ 8  
70″ 9  
72″ 10, 11 longest flat dress laces;
small hockey boots;
square leather laces
76″ 11  
81″ 11, 12 roller skates;
84″ 12  
90″   small figure skates;
100″ 13-14  
108″    
120″ 14-15 large hockey boots;
large figure skates
160″ 15 plus  

1. For example, advertisement on page 32 of The Shoe Repairer and Dealer of June 15, 1919.

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