Different Ways To Tie Your Shoe Laces
Everybody knows how to tie shoelaces. It’s something we all learned about the time we learned how to read words with more than 1 syllable. Criss cross the laces from bottom to top and finish off with a nice neat bow. But what if you were feeling particularly rebellious and wanted to mix up things up just a bit? Are there any options when it comes to tying shoelaces? You bet there are. Our research group had some time on their hands recently and decided to compile a list of 10 different ways to tie shoelaces. Below is the fruit of their labor.
Variety is the spice of life. Although when it comes to tying your shoelaces it has always seemed the spice rack was conspicuously empty. But fear not. Below we present 10 methods for lacing up that will inject some life into your daily routine.
1. Army Style
Army style lacing is a variation on the standard criss cross design. Instead of sending the lace through the eyelet and immediately back to the other side you send it first up another level on the same side and then back across. This creates a series of distinct Xs that stand out particularly well if the laces and shoes are contrasting light and dark colors. The army style also provides a nice firm closure of the shoes that doesn’t come loose easily. Yet at the same time, it allows the shoes to flex a bit more than with standard lacing.
2. The Loop Back
With loop back lacing you begin in the standard manner but when it comes time to create the first criss cross you don’t just pass one lace over the other. Instead, you loop one lace over the other and then send both back in the direction they came. As a result, at no point does the lace from one side make it completely over to the other side of the shoe. To really make things interesting use long laces that are 50% one color and 50% a contrasting color.
3. The Diamond Method
With diamond lacing the first lace goes from the bottom eyelet on the right side to the 4th row up on the left side. From there it goes underneath before emerging from the 5th row on the left side. It is then directed back down to the 2nd row on the right side, emerges from the 3rd row on the right side and then goes up to the 6th row from the bottom on the left side. The lace that originates on the left side mirrors these movements and where the two laces intersect they are woven together to form a diamond pattern in the middle.
4. The Ladder
As you might deduce from the name the ladder lacing method creates the illusion of rungs moving up your sneakers, athletic shoes or work boots. Achieving this look is not difficult but it does require some seriously long laces. Start on the left side of the 1st row. Then move up to the 2nd row, put the lace through the eyelet and then cross directly across to the eyelet on the right side. Move the lace up to the next eyelet on the right side then cross it directly over to the eyelet on the same level on the left side. Mirror these movements with the lace starting on the right-hand side of the base.
5. Baby I’m A Star
Start on the 1st row, right side. Move up the outside to the 4th row on the left side. Put it through the eyelet then run it underneath straight down to the 1st row, where it emerges from the eyelet and moves back up to the 4th row on the right side. Then underneath to the 5th row on the same side. Then pass it directly across to the opposite side. From here move under to row 6 then out. Bring the other end out of the eyelet on the 1st row, left side. Move it up to loop over the lace where it crosses from side to side on row 5. Then back to row 1 on the opposite side, under to row 4 on the same side, directly across to the other side then back under and out on row 6 to finish.
6. The Zipper
Zipper lacing is a strictly fun method of lacing. While it looks complicated at first glance it’s actually surprisingly simple. Essentially, you’re going to use the standard criss cross method of lacing we all learned in grammar school. But instead of the lace entering the loop from below and exiting from above it’s going to loop back under itself before it heads off to the opposite eyelet on the next row up. Let’s do that one more time. Enter the eyelet from underneath, pull it out and then loop the lace under itself before heading back across to next row on the other side.
7. The Saw Tooth
With saw tooth lacing you’re essentially creating a series of overlapping Zs that move up the shoe. On the bottom row the lace should be outside rather than underneath. Take the end on the right side and move it up to the eyelet on the opposite side on the 3rd row. Pull it out through that eyelet and move it directly across on the outside to the opposite eyelet. From there put the lace through the eyelet then up 2 levels to the 5th row and so on. With the other end of the lace run it underneath and bring it out the 2nd eyelet on the left side. Then repeat the Z pattern you created on the odd numbered rows.
8. Segmented Lacing
After all the complex methods we outlined we’re going to take a step back and offer something delightfully simple. Segmented lacing requires using 4 short-ish laces rather than 2 long laces. Simply lace up your shoes using the traditional criss cross method. But when you get halfway up stop and tie a bow. Now take the second lace and start the process all over again for the upper part of the shoe or boot. Works best on high top shoes and boots where there are plenty of rows so you can really enjoy the effect.
9. The Over-Under Method
With the over-under you alternate between pulling the laces out through the eyelets on one level and then pushing them in through the eyelets on the next. Alternating all the way to the top of the shoe. It’s an easy way to achieve a somewhat complicated look. And it doesn’t require any special long or colored laces.
10. Bar Lacing
The final entry on our list of alternative shoe lacing styles is straight bar lacing. With this style all you see is the shoelace passing directly across from side to side on each level. There are a couple of ways you can achieve this look. The easiest way is to use the saw tooth method we describe in #7 except pass the lace under the tongue as it moves from level to level. Only bringing the lace into view when it forms the top and bottom of those Z forms.