Laces explores the complexities of black youth identity with regard to consumerism. It follows Mike, an African-American teen from the more euro-centric north suburbs of Chicago, as he relocates to a more densely-populated African-American neighborhood. His new surroundings differ culturally, so he struggles to fit in socially. After weeks of being teased for the way he speaks and dresses, he concocts a plan to attain the highly coveted "Laces" sneakers as a means for fitting in. Although his plan seems to be warranted, it is heavily flawed and dangerous - costing him more that what he bargained for.