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Ah, remember back in the day when you were learning how to tie your shoelaces? From what we can remember, it was a pretty tricky business. But now you’re a fully-fledged grown-up (or thereabouts) and have polished the basics, we reckon it’s time for you to go pro. We’ve trawled the world of lacing to bring you some of our favourite techniques; whether you’re looking for the most practical everyday style or something to stand out. You’ve got the shoes, now it’s time to lace!

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Cross Lace

First up we have arguably the most popular technique – the humble cross lacing. We recommend this style for trainers but also for rugged boots. The cross lace makes it easy to loosen and tighten your shoes, which makes it super practical for everyday wear. This is also a great one to master if you’re ever in a rush, as it’s really easy to do.

Benefits: Easy, Practical, Suitable for all shoes.

How To Cross Lace Your Shoes:

  • Begin by threading the lace down through the bottom two eyelets.
  • Thread the left-hand lace down through the right-hand eyelet.
  • Cross the right-hand lace across and down into the next left-hand eyelet.
  • Repeat step 2 and 3 until you reach the top.

Lattice Lace

Our next lacing trick is decorative lattice lacing. This style will convey you’re a lacing master when in fact it’s deceptively easy to do. Perfect for those who want to stand out from the crowd, we find it works particularly well on trainers with thin laces such as the adidas Gazelle and on skate shoes.

Benefits: Decorative, Unique

How to Lattice Lace Your Shoes:

  • Begin by threading the lace down through the bottom two eyelets.
  • Thread the left lace under and up through the next eyelet.
  • Thread the lace across and down into the 5th from bottom eyelet opposite.
  • As in step 2, thread the lace up and under the above eyelet.
  • Thread the lace back down into the 3rd eyelet up on the left-hand side.
  • Thread up and under, then across and down into the next eyelets.
  • Now for the right-hand lace. Thread up and under through the above eyelet.
  • Thread the lace into the highlighted eyelet, making sure to go under the pink circled lace.
  • Thread the lace up and under the above eyelet.
  • Thread the lace down into the highlighted eyelet making sure to go under the pink circled laces.
  • Thread the lace up and under through the above eyelet.
  • Thread the lace into the highlighted eyelet, making sure to go under the pink circled lace.

Straight Lace

Third up, we have the minimalistic and easy straight lacing technique. If you’re on the lookout for a smart-looking way to thread formal shoes, this is the one to use.

Benefits: Sleek, Easy

How To Straight Lace Your Shoes:

  • Begin by threading the lace down through the bottom two eyelets.
  • Tuck the right-hand lace down inside the shoe; you won’t need to use this again.
  • Take the left-hand lace and thread it up and under the highlighted eyelet.
  • Take the lace across and thread down through the highlighted eyelet.
  • Repeat steps 3 + 4 until you reach the top and tuck into finish.

We hope we’ve inspired you to up your lacing game and try out some new techniques. If you fancy treating yourself to a pair of new shoes (you need something to practise on, right?), check out our full women’s, men’s and kids’ range now – and don’t forget to keep checking back here and on our YouTube channel for new lacing videos being added soon.