How to Bar-Lace Vans

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How to Bar-Lace Vans
Vans gained much popularity amongst skaters during the 1970s and have remained a favourite amongst them. (Kellie Warren/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Vans are a popular choice for skate boarders, those who seek comfortable footwear, and people who simply want affordable style. Born in California in the mid-1960s, the brand came to popularity amongst skaters throughout the following decades. Lead actors such as Sean Penn wearing Vans in films such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" helped boost the brand's fame and desirability. Today, thanks to the waffle sole comfort design combined with the multiple styles and variations, Vans have remained popular and are stocked in many well-established shoe stores internationally.

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Things you need

  • Shoe
  • Flat laces

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  1. 1

    Find the centre of the lace. Do this by threading the lace equally from the outside of the shoe through the two eyelets nearest the toe, and checking to see if the ends match up in length. The lace should be visible as the first "bar" on the outside of the shoe.

  2. 2

    Take the left side of the lace, and make a loop with it by skipping the first eyelet and threading it through the next. This should create a C-shape around the eyelet in the middle. This loop would also be on the inside of the shoe, so it will be hidden when the shoe is fully laced.

  3. 3

    Take the right side of the lace and make another loop. This time thread it directly through the first eyelet on the right side. Do not leave an open eyelet in between. The lace should go directly from one eyelet to the other.

  4. 4

    Take the right side of the lace and run that through the empty second eyelet on the opposite side. You will now have both laces on one side.

  5. 5

    Take the left lace and thread that through the third available eyelet on the right hand side of the shoe. After you have done this you should be able to see the formation of three bars.

  6. 6

    Continue this process of missing one eyelet on one side and going to the neighbouring eyelet on the other side. Do this until the Van is fully laced up. The amount of times you have to do this will vary depending on the style of the shoe and how many eyelets it has.

  7. 7

    Keep the excess lace out of the way and maintain the neat bar look by knotting it for security and cutting off the ends. The excess lace can also be hidden by putting it under an insole or simply knotting it behind the tongue. Knotting the extra lace behind the tongue allows more flexibility to change in the future.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the laces perfectly straight all the way through; thread with care to ensure that they do not become twisted and ruin the overall bar effect.

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