How to Lace Dress Shoes

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Dress shoes can be laced several different ways, the most popular being straight shoe lacing. Straight lacing makes dress shoes look neat and tidy. It may appear complicated, but the method is quite simple once you understand the basics.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dress shoes
  • Shoelaces

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  1. 1

    Insert each end of the shoelace from the top down into both first holes of the dress shoe.

  2. 2

    Pull one end of the lace underneath the holes down to the bottom hole on the same side of the shoe. Insert it up through this hole and adjust the string so the length is correct for tying.

  3. 3

    Thread the other end of the shoelace up from the bottom in the hole directly under the first hole on the same side of the shoe.

  4. 4

    Pull the lace up and cross it over to the hole directly across on the other side of the shoe. Thread the lace down through the hole.

  5. 5

    Continue lacing by repeating steps 3 and 4. When you reach the second hole from the end, stop lacing.

  6. 6

    Thread the lace down through the second hole and then up into the first hole on the same side of the shoe.

  7. 7

    Pull the laces evenly through the dress shoe to finish the lacing.

  8. 8

    Repeat steps 1 through 7 to lace the second dress shoe.

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