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The way you lace your sneakers always comes down to personal preference, but there's no doubting certain techniques suit certain shoes and their wearers better than others. So whether it's vintage thin or oldskool fat, mirrored criss-cross or straight across - make sure your laces do your kicks justice!

Here's a couple of my favourite methods plus some more adventurous efforts.....





Criss-Cross
 

 

Probably the most common lacing style, simple yet fresh with numerous variations. Here's one for starters...

1. Feed the lace into the bottom set of holes. Make sure to start from the outside of the shoe, leaving two equal length laces to work with.

2. Take the left-hand lace and thread through the 2nd lace hole on the right, making sure to go from the outside of the shoe to the inside.

3. Take the lace end from the 1st lace hole on the right and thread through the 2nd hole on the left, again making sure to go from the outisde of the shoe to the inside. Which lace you choose to go 'over' the other is your choice, just keep it consistent through the whole shoe.

4. Repeat the process as far up the shoe as you wish to go.

Try 'mirroring' the laces in the other shoe.





Straight Across
 

 

Classic, Oldskool style. There are a few variations on this, if using thin laces you probably dont want to do it this way....

1. Feed the lace into the bottom set of holes. Make sure to start from the outside of the shoe, leaving two equal length laces to work with.

2. Take the right-hand lace and thread through the first spare lace hole on the left, making sure to go from the inside of the shoe to the outside.

3. Take the same lace and thread it straight across to the spare lace hole on the right, making sure to go from the outside of the shoe to the inside. You now have 2 rows.....

4. Take the left hand lace and thread it through the next available hole on the right, and repeat the above steps.

 


Checkerboard
 

 

A crazy checked style guaranteed to turn heads.

1. Lace the shoe using the 'Straight Across' method shown above.

2. Take a different coloured 2nd lace and thread one end underneath all the laces from bottom to top, leaving the end level with the first lace hole.

3. Take the other end of this lace and start weaving it in and out of the horizontal laces, starting at the bottom and working up to the top.

4. When you get to the top, fold it over and weave another column back down. Repeat this until the whole area is full, tucking any left over lace behind the tongue.

You may need to experiment with different lace widths and row/column numbers. The effect works best if the 'board' is almost square so keep the lacing as wide as possible.

 


Bow Tie
 

 

A stylish, minimal technique.

1. Feed the lace into the bottom set of holes. Make sure to start from the inside of the shoe, leaving two equal length laces to work with.

2. Take the left-hand lace and feed through the 2nd lace hole on the right and cross the left hand lace over and repeat creating the first 'bow'.

3. Feed both lace ends up to the next hole on the same side along the inside of the shoe.

4. Cross the laces over the create the 2nd bow, then repeat the process up the shoe.

 


Lattice
 

 

An eye-catching web-style technique.

1. Feed the lace into the bottom set of holes. Make sure to start from the inside of the shoe, leaving two equal length laces to work with.

2. Cross the laces over and feed into the 4th lace holes (leaving a gap of two empty holes).

3. Feed both lace ends back down to the 2nd hole on the same side along the inside of the shoe.

4. Cross the laces over and feed up to the 5th holes, weaving in and out of the lattice.

5. Feed the laces down to the 3rd lace hole and repeat the process.

This style takes up 6 sets of lace holes.

 






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