Ways to Tie Keds

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Ways to Tie Keds
Learn different ways to tie your Keds. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

For many children, learning to tie shoes is an important accomplishment. As they grow older, however, the novelty wears off. Tying your shoes becomes a necessary chore, one you hardly think twice about, but it does not have to be a boring task. There are many cool and creative ways to tie shoes like sneakers or Keds. Learn about different ways to tie your shoes and find out which method you like best.

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Ladder Lacing

This method of lacing shoes is often used by members of the military because it looks clean and stays tight. To execute the ladder lacing style, run your lace through both bottom eyelets from the inside, then run both ends up the outside of the shoe and into the next eyelet. Cross the laces and thread them under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side of the shoe where they enter the eyelet, then feed the laces up the outside of the shoe and into the next eyelet. Continue lacing in this fashion until you reach the top of the shoe, and finish the look by crossing the laces and threading them under the top straight section.

One-Handed Lacing

Tying your Keds with the one-handed lacing method eliminates the need to tie a knot to secure them because one end of the lace will always be left loose. Begin with a shoelace that is slightly shorter than a standard lace and tie a knot in one end. Insert the unknotted end from inside the top right eyelet and pull until the knot sits snugly against the inside of the shoe. Lace the shoe in a zigzag pattern by threading it down through the top left eyelet then up through the second eyelet on the right, and across and down through the second eyelet on the left. Continue lacing in this manner until you reach the bottom of the shoe, then tuck in the extra lacing to keep it from being stepped on.

Knotted Lacing

This method of lacing is often used for tying rollerblades and ice skates, because it increases friction, making the lacing much firmer, but it also has a cool look that can be used on your Keds. Run the lace up through both bottom eyelets then cross the strands and execute a basic overhand knot. Thread the laces up through the eyelets on the opposite side of the shoe and repeat the knotting method all the way up the shoe. Knot or tie your shoes using your preferred method at the top.

Hexagram Lacing

This lacing method creates the shape of a hexagram -- a six-pointed star -- in the middle of the shoe front, and it works best with thin or flat laces. Feed both ends of the lace across and down through the top of both bottom eyelets, and adjust the lace so the left end is much shorter than the right. Cross the laces and feed them down through the top of the fourth set of eyelets from the bottom. Continue to feed the laces down the inside of the shoe and up through the third set of eyelets from the bottom. Run the right strand diagonally to the left across the shoe and up through the top eyelet. Thread the left strand across the shoe down into the adjacent eyelet and straight up the inside of the shoe and up from the bottom of the next eyelet. Continue to thread the right strand across the outside of the shoe and down into the adjacent eyelet. Run the lace down inside the shoe, up through the next eyelet down, then run it diagonally to the right and up through the top eyelet.

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