Different Ways To Lace Shoes - 3
4. Straight (Bar) Lacing
Often referred to as "Fashion Lacing" or "Lydiard Lacing"
This variation of Straight Lacing eliminates the underlying diagonals, which looks neater plus relieves pressure on the top ridge of the foot.
1. The lace runs straight across the bottom (grey section) and the ends are fed into both bottom eyelets.
2. One end of the lace (yellow end) runs straight up the right side, emerges and runs straight across the second set of eyelets.
3. Both ends now run straight up the left side, each skipping one eyelet before emerging two eyelets higher up.
4. Continue running both ends across the shoe, then straight up two eyelets at a time, until one end reaches the top.
5. The other end then runs straight across the second last set of eyelets, then straight up to the top.
# Even number of eyelet pairs = Neat look
# Odd number of eyelet pairs = Messy look
Straight (Bar) Lacing only works correctly on shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs (eg. 6 pairs = 12 eyelets). This is because an even number of passes across the shoe is needed for the lace ends to meet and to be tied together. Shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs (eg. 7 pairs = 14 eyelets) finish with the lace ends diagonally opposite each other at the top of the shoe.
Despite this limitation, Straight (Bar) Lacing is very popular. It's therefore not surprising that people have developed all sorts of ways to get it to work on shoes with odd numbers of eyelet pairs (eg. the grey Puma sneakers at left).
In addition, this lacing allows the shoe sides to come completely together without interruption, resulting in less bunching and corrugation of the shoe uppers.
Sports / Military Advice:
Like other straight lacing methods, Straight (Bar) Lacing has an additional benefit for sporting or military use: The upper horizontal sections of shoelace can be quickly cut through with a knife or scissors in order to more easily remove a boot from a broken, sprained or otherwise injured ankle or foot. I've been told that Straight (Bar) Lacing is the method of choice for the Canadian Armed Forces on shoes and ankle boots (though not on combat boots).
Note that most military forces have regulations for just about everything, so I'd recommend that military personnel check before they adopt this, or any other, possible non-regulation lacing method!
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