I'll give that a try, thanks. I've been wearing them pretty hard (several long mountain treks through rough terrain), might be the reason why they're shredding so fast. I prefer the flat laces look, but I'll definitely grab something more sturdy if this keeps up.
To replace my Indy laces, I bought some leather laces online from a site - got a few different styles of laces to see what works best. The site was shoelacesexpress.com I got Dark Brown Square Leather Laces 72 inch, Medium Brown Square Leather Laces 72 and Medium Brown Round Leather Laces 54 inch 1 Pair Pack. the 72" laces are squared and are a softer leather and are easier to tie and hold a knot better but 72" is a bit long so you'd either have to wrap it around the back of your ankle, or just trim it down to 54" or so, but they do look truer to the flat lace look. The 54" ones are round leather and do an ok job, but are a bit dry even after treating them with mink oil. However they are holding up really well, and the speed hooks haven't cut them up yet - I'm wearing my Indies almost daily and have had the new laces in for a little over a month and haven't had any issues. I think I posted pictures earlier on in this thread when I first got them but can't remember. e: found 'em http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...25#post3339625
I think the idea is to provide a link to the coupon or a hint as how to obtain it.
I believe it's a customer appreciation, one time coupon, included in some customer's catalogs. (And I hate the speed lacing; it never seems to hold, seems too bunched, looks crappy, etc. I'm always looking for boots with standard lacing.).