GEAR | Replacement Laces
This may seem obvious and overly simple, but there's no better bang for the buck in my book than a new pair of shoe laces. It's kind of shocking how satisfying it is to re-lace an old pair of shoes with a new pair of laces. Just a few days ago, I threaded in some rawhide laces ($6) and felt like I just bought a new pair of sneaks. I keep extras in my closet for quick footwear pick-me-ups and emergency shoe resuscitations—works on everything from oxfords to Bean Boots to Tretorns.
Other good options beyond rawhide (that you can also borrow from a pair of boat shoes or moccasins): Benjo's boot laces ($8); Danner boot laces ($5) and more Danner laces ($6); Sierra Lace replacements ($10 for red/black).