Thursday, November 27, 2008

Red Laces, White laces, Yellow laces! Oh my!


So, what's up with skinheads and laces? Why all the different colours and what do they mean?

A lot has been written into pop culture and the mainstream media about the colour of skinhead laces and what their meanings are. Too much actually.

White Laces : White Pride / White Power
Red Laces : Neo-nazi OR Communist Or Socialist Or Anti-Racist
Yellow Laces : S.H.A.R.P Or Anti-Cop
Green Laces : Homophobic Or Animal Liberation
Purple Laces : Gay Rights
Black Laces : New boots, owner has not bought the proper colour coded laces yet
Grey Laces : Owner has not figured out yet how to keep white laces clean
Suede Laces : Clown Fetish (ok I just made that last one up)

All of the above is total bullshit. Lace colour has NOTHING to do with politics. The only way that the colour of laces in your boots means anything is if you decide they mean something. Red laces could mean you support Manchester United, or even Toronto FC (good on you if you do, let's go catch a game sometime), or your hatred of ketchup. Or they could mean you thought "Hmmm, red laces would look good and stand out against these black boots!"

Anyone trying to tell you that lace colour stands for something is most likely trying to sound like they know something and are trying to impress you, or sell you on a set of politics.

Sometimes a cigar in a dream is just a cigar, and sometimes boot laces are worn to keep your boots on your feet.

16 comments:

SlazengerV600 said...

Nice one... perfect, and funny! LOL

squeegeefreedom said...

I could not have put it better myself. My name is Joey,I currently live in Thunder Bay, Ontario and I'm proud to say that I'm the only skinhead in town. There are a few Nazi skins but they're in a closet locked up tighter than a tick's ass. I'm so sick and tired of being asked "what do those laces mean?" well,,, they mean I know how to tie up a pair of boots.

Anonymous said...

Haha so true, i was down at Kensington Market today, looking at the boots in Army Surplus, and one of the Police/gaurds (what ever) was telling me he got bitched out on the subway by some skins for wearing white laces (because i was currently wearing white laces with my Combats). i guess he ment well, but im tired of getting it.

Anonymous said...

yeah, so true, cos laces arent suppose to mean anything, even if it do, it means "To Lace Up Your Boots." haha:)

Ryan said...

I would agree that they should not mean anyting but to lace up your boots and the fact that you like that color. But surely if you wear a red bandanna because you like that color in Los Angeles California and you get shot by some Crips or other gang because you were on the wrong street than Im sorry to say it did mean something.
Either way I guess it depends on where your from and if you want to support that meaning.
Personaly I would not wear red laces because, well Im not stupid. LOL.... no offence to any onw that does unless your a NEO Fukin prik.
any ways!
OI OI to the lot of yaz.

skinhead said...

thanx man i were red laces and it dosnt meen shit i just like red and all these assholrs comr up to sayin shit like "are u a rasist" and such if u like a color were it fuck the rest off u pricks who are tryin to sound like u no stuff that the rest of us bouys dont! oi oi oi to u all

skinhead said...

I were red kaces to hold up my boots it dosnt meen anything ploticly all true skinhead were what u wanna were and al;l u shit heads tryin to sound like u know stuss fuck off !
oi oi oi to all

Anonymous said...

yupper red laces meant you killed someone and white laces meant pride that was the politics with the punks i grew up with they took it way serious to (guilty) now i see them and just snicker at the posers who are now "Lacing up" as they say.....

Anonymous said...

well I come from a place where you still have to earn your laces, its not a Funking PoP cultre!!!

Anonymous said...

Now any skinhead knows the only skinheads that have to earn ur laces have gang relations, not trads or trojans, but I'm also not saying your racist there is many non racist or s.h.a.r.p skins

David Stanley Aponte said...

So all this laces thing is true? I am new to living in Berlin and I have been a bit over careful since I don't know to many people yet and didn't want to be caught on my own. Because I work in a east berlin neighborhood that does have neo nazi's and old nazi's in it and I live in a international neighborhood which is cool.

Kyle Trojan Murphy said...

Lace colour only has meaning if you give it colour. Follow a football team and wear their colours in your boots.

The political meaning is B.S. If you follow the political colours red laces mean you are a nazi and a communist. This just proves it is B.S.

Wear what you want and be proud.

Anonymous said...

Opinions are opinions, laces, braces what ever! Ill wear whatever I want and none of the 3 categorys of "skin heads" apply! I have my veiws on society and life. The human race might not like me!

Anonymous said...

I agree!

Anonymous said...

Well, for all the pollyana advocates of multiculturalism, do a Google search on The Frankfurt School, and the various agendas of its alumni.

Anonymous said...

I have been deep in the skin seen all my life, i'am now 33years old. I live in southern California . Laces always had meaning,if you are in the seen. If you have a shaved head and wear doc martin boots ,laces have meaning. Red=white power, White=white pride, Blue=s.h.a.r.p.,Yellow=ultra violance. I use to wear white in my younger years now i wear yellow, I'm always ready for a good scrap. I have friends of different races but i still have pride in my race,in my heritage. Don't be foolish ,if your going to wear a certain color be ready to fight, there are alot of skins that come out of prison and take this very serious. I hope to save you all some headaches that you don't need .I'm sure all of you on here are most likly white,yes? Marrie white girls ,have white children, are race is dying out ,my little girl is one of three white kids in her class of 32 kids