How to lace men’s shoes

Many things are taken for granted today. We drink water without thinking about where it comes from, surf the internet without knowing how it works and wear cotton without knowing how it’s grown.

But there is one thing we don’t even know we take for granted – the humble shoelace.

For many, laces are an annoying inconvenience that flap around willy nilly and cause embarrassing tripping incidents. But with proper lacing and tying, the humble shoe lace needn’t be such an irritation. Here’s how.

Why is it important to lace them correctly?

Exhausted shoes
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Shabby laces, shabby shoes
Shoes that aren’t properly laced will move when you walk. This in turn will lead to rubbing, which could cause horrible blisters and soreness.

Aside from blister nastiness, you also need to consider style. By not lacing your shoes correctly, the style of the shoe is compromised and can result in a scruffy look. Not good.

Incorrectly tied laces are one thing, but laces that come undone are another. Tying your shoes incorrectly will cause your laces to come undone, which impacts both style and comfort.

What shoes need lacing

Closeup on laces
Everyone loves a good lace
Strictly speaking, any shoe that has laces needs to be done up properly. But for some shoes, correct lacing is more important than others.

For instance, an unlaced pair of mens leather shoes in an Oxford style will look sillier than a pair of casual trainers not being laced.

How to lace your shoes

Criss cross laces
Criss cross correct
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Mens shoes are often displayed in the “gentleman’s” style, and won’t tighten as much as the criss cross or over under methods, which will bring the two leather tabs together.

Start by putting the two lace ends, or aglets, into the bottom two eyelets. Then pull the laces so that they are level on each side, and weave them in and out of the rest of the eyelets.

Once you have laced your shoes, you need to tie them. If the first knot is with left under right, then next one must be left over right – making an interlocking combination.

You’ll know if you have laced them properly as the tabs will be pulled together and straight. To check if they are tied correctly, make sure the laces sit horizontally across the shoe. If they sit in any other way, they’ll come undone.

Alternatives

touch fasten velcro
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Everyone loves a bit of velcro
Many people struggle with laces because of joint problems, bad backs or a fundamental lack of patience. Others avoid laces as they simply don’t like them!

Chelsea boots and slip on loafers are a stylish alternative to laced shoes. Both styles can be worn with many items, making them a versatile addition to your wardrobe.

Velcro shoes are the easiest option for those with joint problems as the shoe can be loosened when putting them on, and tightened easily afterwards.

So how to tie up all this information? Well make sure you interlock your knots, check for criss cross weaving and don’t take laces for granted! And if you fancy getting creative, then why not try some other lacing styles?