Are the laces of your skates are frayed so bad you’re having trouble inserting them into the eyelet? That’s how mine were, and for a long time I just dealt with it. Then I came across this website all about shoelaces. One of the articles described different methods for repairing worn, damaged or missing tips. Turns out there’s a name for those hard plastic things on the end of your laces. They’re called aglets. Who knew?
Luckily I had recently completed a wiring project on my car so I had about 8 feet of 3/16 heat shrink tubing laying around. This diameter happened to be the perfect size for my laces. I cut a half inch piece of the length and slipped it over the tip of the lace. Using a heat gun a warmed the tubing until it fit snugly over the lace. Now the laces are good as new.
Laces don’t usually cost more than $5, so for some it might not be worth the cost and trouble. However, if you already have a heat gun, and a reason to buy heat shrink tubing, this is a very handy fix.
Here’s a video showing how I did it: