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How to Lace Shoes to Make Them Look Gangster

Shoelaces can be tied numerous ways for many different looks. Some variations can be helpful for tightening shoes or shortening laces, while others simply give the shoes a unique appearance. A gangster look involves crisscrossing laces through the eyelets and across the tongue of the shoe.

Pull the ends of the laces through the bottom eyelets, entering the eyelets from the top so the laces emerge from underneath over the tongue. Pull the laces even.

Cross the laces over each other over the tongue. Skip one pair of eyelets; bring the ends of the laces up through the next pair of eyelets from underneath.

Cross the laces over the top surface of the shoe. Go back to the skipped pair of eyelets. Thread the laces through those eyelets from the top.

Cross the laces over the tongue. Skip two pairs of eyelets--the first pair with laces, the second pair without. Thread the laces through the following pair of eyelets from underneath.

Cross the laces over the top surface of the shoe. Go back to the previous pair of eyelets (the ones you just skipped). Thread the laces through those eyelets from the top.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until all the eyelets are laced and you reach the top of the shoe.

Tip

This lacing is very hard to tighten and loosen, so plan on just slipping your shoes on and off without untying them all the time.

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Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.