How to tie shoelace - 2019 updated

How to Ties Shoe Lace - Oxford & Dress Shoes

How to tie shoelace Oxfords and Dress shoes properly is One of the things that ruin the look of your Oxford shoes that I see over and over again is improper lacing. 

First of all, you need the right shoelaces. You want thin laces such as these;

And not thick laces like this nylon ones. These are way too thick they’re going to look bad and they can look more like a sneaker and not elegant men’s dress shoe.

Second, you want the right length of shoelaces. They should be about 31 inches or 80 centimeters. The most formal laces you can get are thin, round shoelaces;

An alternative that is slightly more casual but still formal enough to wear to the office is flat shoelaces.

Choose what you like, they’re both fine its just a slightly different look. 
The look you want to go for in Oxfords is what I call, Bar lacing or Parallel lacing.

Here a perfect example of what not to do with your Oxfords. You have the crisscross lacing and it just doesn’t really work with the silhouette of the Oxford.

Historically, its always been the bar lacing and lacing your Oxford that way shows everybody that you don’t know what you’re doing. 

Obviously, when it comes to laces, its not just about the thinness and the type of lace but also about the color. If you have a white collar office job, you want black laces with black shoes.

If you want to go to a cocktail party and mix things up a little bit, you can add greylaces or maybe red laces.

The great thing about laces is that it’s very quick to put them in, they're very inexpensive and it’s reversible so you can use any kind of lacewith any kind of shoe to create a different look every single time without breaking the bank. 

  • Heres how you lace it, first, put in the shoelace into the bottom two holes and then you pull it through.

  • Most Oxfords you buy have five rows of holes,

  • If that's the case, it's important to have one end slightly shorter than the other one.

Let me explain.
  • If you have an even amount of holes like four rows or six rows you can keep the ends straight, the same length. Then start with the longer end and start lacing, on the same side put it in, go over to the other side.

  • Now with the bottom one on this side, I go through, pull it through and go to another side.

  • You always switch every time you're done with one side you switch over to the other. Pull through, lace it in and I keep going one over.

This is something you have to do when the number of rows is uneven, you cannot prevent that. 

When it's even, you won't have to go underneath which is why you're gonna have the same ends but ideally, your ends should be the same length. if you end up with slightly different ends in your shoes, what you do is you loosen the longer end slightly and then lose the second one, lose the bottom one and pull through the shorter end so they both the right length.

 Once you're done with that, you tie your shoe.

Ideally, what you're going for is a look that is horizontal, just inline the bar lacing. You don't want it to be slightly angled like this,

All you want it to be straight looking.

Sometimes, people have issues with shoelaces coming undone, instead of doing a chunky double knot this is what I do.

Adjust slightly and you can see this procedure is actually very similar to tying a bow tie. that way, I get a slim double knot that holds everything really in place. now you can see how just simple lacing can really make or break the look of your shoe.
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How to tie shoelace - Ian Knot

Here is How to tie shoelace -  Ian Knot, the world’s fastest shoelace knot. Here you will see much more detail. I’m sure you’ll be able to learn the Ian Knot from using this article. Let’s start by showing it to you so you can see that it really is the world’s fastest shoelace knot. 

  • Begin with a left-over-right starting knot,

  • So that's the left end going over
  • And through the right end.

  • Left-hand loop with the loose end in front
  • Right-hand loop with the loose end behind

  • Now youll notice I'm pushing the right-hand loose end
  • In through this left-hand loop in front of that piece there, and at the same time, I’m pushing this loose left end ...through the right-hand loop, which goes behind that piece there.

  • And when I pull them through, it creates the knot

Now when people are first learning this knot, they tend to ... do the two loops ...symmetrically, so here we've got mirror images, we've got both loose ends in front, or ... they'll do it like that, with both loose ends behind. And that just simply won’t work, you ...push them through, and you just get nothing, there is no knot there.

So here's a trick for creating the loops in the right orientation: Let’s do it in two steps. Grab them each with the thumb and forefinger, thumbs towards you, forefingers away from you, and ... just swing them.
  • I'm swinging the left end to the front and the right end to the back, away from me.
  • Next, I swing them upwards so that they meet in the middle.

  • And at this point, where everything in the right position, we can just do the crossover and pull through

Again, grab them ... in each hand, swing the left end forwards, the right end backward, swing them up to meet in the middle, and then do the crossover and feed through. Now as you start to get used to this, you’ll have to do it less and less obvious as two steps, you’ll be able to do sort of one flowing movement like that. And eventually, you’ll just be able to do it that. 

So start by swinging the right end forwards, left end backward, meet in the middle, pull the loose ends all the way through, to create starting knot. Then swing the left end forwards, the right end backward, meet in the middle and pull through to create the finishing knot. So as long as those two steps are done in reverse of each other, you’ll have a balanced knot that’ll sit securely. Anyway, that’s the Ian Knot, hope you managed to learn it! 

I hope you have enjoyed the article on How to tie a shoelace. In the next blog post, you will see for more types of Shoelacing. Stay tuned...

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  • Lattice Lacing
  • Sawtooth Lacing
  • Quick Tight Lacing
  • Zipper Lacing
  • Bow Tie Lacing

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  1. Amazing tips to tie shoe laces. Thanks for sharing:)