Staples versus tacks
The staple would be hidden by the ribbon, but only if I threaded every spot. Otherwise, there would be a big ol' stapley-lookin' staple sticking out of the side of my shoe. The tack shows, but looks like it is on purpose. (The hardware store also had patterned ones. Could be some pretty options, if you wanted more bling.) The staples tore up the ribbon as I threaded it through, so I would have needed wider staples. All in all, the tacks won me over.