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How to Lace Formal Shoes

Updated February 21, 2017

Formal shoes can be laced in two slightly different ways; both methods are acceptable and depend on personal preference. The crisscross style loops the laces under the eyelets, while the display style loops them over the eyelets. The variation is most noticeable at the end of the laces opposite the bow.

Insert one end of the shoelace under the bottom right eyelet. Insert the opposite end of the shoelace under the bottom left eyelet.

Pull the shoelace tight and adjust until both sides are even.

Cross the right shoelace over to the left side of the shoe. Insert the shoelace under the next empty eyelet and pull through. Repeat with the left shoelace, crossing it to the right side and pulling it through under the next empty eyelet.

Continue to cross the shoelace until you reach the top of the shoe. Tie the ends into a bow.

Insert one end of the shoelace through the top of the bottom-right eyelet. Insert the opposite end through the top of the bottom-left eyelet.

Pull the shoelace tight and adjust until both sides are even.

Cross the right shoelace to the left side. Push the end of the shoelace through the top of the next empty eyelet and pull it out through the bottom. Do the same with the left shoelace, crossing it to the right side.

Continue to cross the shoelace until all the eyelets are filled. Tie the shoelace in a bow.

Tip

The crisscross method is easier to tighten while wearing the shoe. The display method is easier to loosen while wearing the shoe.

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