The Different Ways of Tying Shoelaces


Shoelaces are probably the most underrated accessories. It has long been established that a laced shoe provides the best fit vis-à-vis Velcro or slip on shoes. They make activities such as walking and jogging easier. Laced shoes are adaptable to different foot structures and can be adjusted to fit any foot structure too. They have withstood the test of time, and nothing out there can provide the versatility associated with them. They are not only accentuating style, but they also are functional.

A shoelace is a very integral part of modern fashion, and we have seen various designs and styles come out. They are affixed to shoes to provide a snug fit prevent extreme exertion from making the shoe come off. Most shoemakers will advise on the best way to tie your shoes for optimum comfort. Depending on how you stride and position your footsteps, shoelace tying focuses on offering the most comfortable experience when putting it on. Here are some of the ways you could tie your shoelaces.

  • Shoe shop lacing
    This style is synonymous with shoes in shops since most of them come laced from the factory. It is sometimes referred to as single helix lacing. Its technique commences with a cross on the outside of the bottom lace holes in through the bottom is done with a diagonal and follows the natural motion of the foot. It is a win for those with high arches and allows for easy adjustment.
  • Double back lacing
    This is a substantial method to hold the shoes. It provides a very tight and snug fit because it is functional and can be casual enough to use for a sneaker. It complements the sporty nature of rubber shoes and sports shoes. They form aggressive V-shapes, it follows the standard way to lace up open laced shoes but takes a twist by bringing the shoelaces over the top and down over the eyelets again.
  • Ladder Lacing
    This method of lacing is prevalent with military boots. The laces are woven horizontally and vertically to form a mimicry of a ladder. It works best with long laces and holds the shoes to stay on tightly without coming off. This lacing requires shoes with many eyelets to do it elegantly. It is somewhat complicated to tighten but will help with strenuous activity such as hiking and ice is sometimes referred to as the straight Europeans lacing style.
  • Over under lacing
    The shoe laces in this method go over each other systematically. They cross over each other alternatingly. This technique reduces wear of laces and makes them last longer. It is also easier to tighten and loosen the shoes. The alternation of the crisscross motion means that the lace is not in constant friction with the outside of the shoe and because of that you don’t have to pull every single crossover to tie the shoe. Its result is an elegant series of symmetrical X’s that can be used for formal shoes. It works well with shoes whose quarters meet in the middle.
  • Gap lacing
    This is almost similar to over-under lacing, but a crossover is intentionally skipped to create a partition (gap) between the crossovers. It is helpful if your arches are high or have a sensitive part of your foot. It can also increase ankle flexibility since it reduces pressure adds a significant amount of flexibility. It is not appropriate if you seek a neat look as it tends to increase the length at the ends.
  • The straight bar
    This is perhaps the most acceptable way to lace up formal shoes. It has unparalleled symmetry and simplicity and may be the fastest way to lace up.IT is very efficient for formal shoes such as oxfords and will work with shoes with an even number of eyelets. It may present difficulties in tightening, but it will always work for any shoes.

After knowing about these methods of lacing up, tying them up is as crucial as lacing them up appropriately. It would be counterproductive just to lace up and forget the important bit about securing the shoe firmly on the feet. There are several ingenious ways to do just that. Some of them are namely:

  1. The Granny Knot
    This is the most common lacing technique. This, however, means that it is not technical enough and has a very high risk of coming off. It involves forming a bow to tie up the laces at the ends. It is done by reversing one side of a knot into another to form a bow. It is tied up in two phases; the first step is to make a knot then twisting the ends over to create a bow. The key to getting this knot right is by maintaining the balance of the side of the bows. The more balanced the bore is, the harder it is to come off and vice versa. Making a crooked knot is very dangerous as you might trip on it or it would take you so much time to unties the shoe. Getting the symmetry right is the key to the success of this method.
  2. The standard shoelace knots
    This knot is also known as the bowknot. It is among the most widely used shoelace knots of all time. It involves making a loop at one end and pulling another loop through the middle of the original loop. I bear profound similarities to the two-loop shoelace knot.
  3. One-handed shoelace knot
    This is a simplistic way to tie the shoes up without needing to be ambidextrous. It has one knot at the bottom completely ties up and one adjustable one at the top to help secure the shoe. This adjustable knot has to sit tightly on top of the eyelet so that it remains secures. Its technique varies for shoes with odd and even holes. For an even number of apertures, the knots have to be diagonally opposite each other and vice versa.
  4. Reef knot
    This is a variation of the standard shoelace knot. It does not have the loops of the standard knot. It works when the ends of the shoe laces are short and insufficient to tie a bow. It can be complicated to undo. Hence it is imperative to check the tension before tying it up. It is majorly practiced by the military since loops are easy to get undone.


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