Best Bet: Saving Lace

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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Here's a way to instantly update your favorite kicks: Change the laces. Urban Outfitters distributes four fun, bright shoelace prints, such as black with a floral design, yellow with a floral pattern, black and white stripes, and black with white polka dots. Tie them on white Converses to make the pattern pop, or blend them into black Keds for a small splash of color. You can even tether them to a range of footwear, from your gym sneakers to your oxfords to your lace-up boots. And since they're only $4 a pair, it's a cheap, creative alternative to buying a whole new pair of shoes.

$4 per pair at UrbanOutfitters.com.