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Cool Ways to Lace Shoes

Updated November 21, 2016

When you purchase a pair of shoes, they have the laces adorning the top of the shoe in a standard, crisscross design. Laces are important for a shoe's functionality, but you can loop the laces in a cool way to add a personal touch.

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Your laces need to be in good shape before you begin the new lacing methods. If they look thin in some areas, they risk breaking. You have to take the laces out of the shoe completely before moving forward so examine them once they are out. Consider using different colour laces for the design. Two colours that contrast each other will make the arrangement pop out.

Straight Lacing

Straight lacing, also called European lacing, displays the laces in horizontal lines across the shoe. Underneath those lines you will see the laces crisscrossing in an uneven pattern. This design is considered neat on top but messy underneath. A large, wide tongue of sneakers shows the messy lace composition on the front surface of the tongue but dress shoes that have small tongues are able to hide the appearance of the back laces. As a result, this lacing method is ideal for formal shoes because of its neat presentation. This technique is more than just a nice design; the zigzag underneath keeps the laces secure.

Biking and Hiking Lacing

If you are active and especially enjoy outdoor activities where a mishap with shoe laces is dangerous, you will appreciate the biking and hiking lacing. This lace method keeps the strands tight and flush with the shoe so they do not get caught on bike parts during biking or on rocks and twigs during hiking. Instead of having a series of horizontal lines, they are laced over and through loops and the laces are strung through loops from the underside. This technique keeps the laces pressed directly against the tongue. Instead of crossing the rest of the lace in a zigzag pattern, the laces run up and down along the set of eyelets. The ultimate benefit of this lacing is that you tie the ends of the laces together on one side of the shoe instead of in the middle of the top of the tongue. If you are a biker, you will ties the ends on the outside of each shoe, away from the bike. If you hike, use this lacing procedure to tie the excess lace on the inside of each shoe to prevent them from snagging.

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