November 30, 2023

Aglet is a small plastic or metal sheath typically found at the end of shoelaces. Its primary purpose is to make the lacing easier by stiffening the cord’s end, preventing fraying, and facilitating the threading of the lace through the eyelets of shoes or clothing.

The aglet’s usage dates back to ancient times, with evidence of its presence in both Roman and Greek cultures, where it was made from various materials such as metal, stone, and glass. The term “aglet” is derived from the Old French word “aguillette,” meaning “needle.” This refers to the early versions of aglets that were shaped like the pointed end of a needle. Over time, the word evolved into “aiglet” in Middle English before eventually settling into its modern form, “aglet.”