Different Ways To Lace Shoes - 1



1. Criss Cross Lacing

This is probably the most common method of lacing normal shoes & boots. The laces simply criss-cross as they work their way up the shoe.



Lacing Technique:

1. The lace is run straight across the bottom (grey section) and the ends emerge through both bottom eyelets.
2. The ends are crossed over each other, then fed under the sides to emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
3. Repeat step (2) until both ends reach the top eyelets.

Features:

# Traditional look
# Simple to lace
# Comfortable
# Corrugates shoe


NOTE:
Criss Cross is also a preferred lacing method for comfort, mainly because the crossovers of lace occur in the gap between the sides of the shoe and thus aren't pressed against the foot.


2. Over Under Lacing


 


This method reduces friction, making the lacing easier to tighten and loosen plus reducing wear and tear. The laces alternate between crossing Over and Under. There's two variations shown: One for even numbers of eyelet pairs, the other for odd numbers of eyelet pairs.

Method 1 (for EVEN numbers of eyelet pairs)



Lacing Technique:1
(for EVEN numbers of eyelet pairs):


1. The lace is run straight across the bottom (grey section) and the ends are fed in through both bottom eyelets.
2. The ends are crossed Under (on the inside) and emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
3. The ends are crossed Over (on the outside) and are fed in through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
4. Repeat steps (2) and (3), alternating between crossing Under or crossing Over, until both ends reach the top eyelets.


Method 2 Method 2 (for ODD numbers of eyelet pairs)



Lacing Technique:2
(for ODD numbers of eyelet pairs):


1. The lace is run straight across the bottom (grey section) and the ends emerge through both bottom eyelets.
2. The ends are crossed Over (on the outside) and are fed in through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
3. The ends are crossed Under (on the inside) and emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
4. Repeat steps (2) and (3), alternating between crossing Over or crossing Under, until both ends reach the top eyelets.

Features:

# Ian's favourite!
# Decorative look
# Faster & easier
# Less wear & tear


Over Under Lacing Theory:
By alternating crossovers on the outside and on the inside, there are a couple of benefits.

Firstly, the laces don't rub across the edges of the shoes, which reduces wear and tear on both the shoe and the laces.

Secondly, because of the reduced friction, you don't really need to pull every single crossover when tightening or loosening. Instead, you can pull every second crossover, which is both faster and easier because those that run across on the outside are easier to get your fingers underneath.