Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Different Styles to Lace Your Shoes

Hi, friends! 
Bored of always lacing your shoes on the same way? Want to change the way you lace your shoes? So this article is for you.
Today let me share with you guys some funny and creative ways to lace your shoes.
Here we go!

Style 1: Ladder


1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets. 
2. The laces then go straight up and are fed into the next set of eyelets up the shoe. 
3. The ends are crossed over and are fed under the vertical lace section on the opposite sides of the shoe before going straight up and into the next set of eyelets up the shoe. 
4. At the top set of eyelets, the laces can once again cross over and pass under the straight section as shown. This not only looks consistent with the rest of the lacing but also forms a High Lace Lock, which tightens the lacing even more firmly.

Style 2: Loop Back


1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets.
2. The ends are looped back under the lace where it feeds under the side of the shoe. 
3. The ends are then crossed over each other, then they go under and out through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.
4. Steps 2 and 3 are repeated until both ends reach the top eyelets.

Style 3: Brush Walk


1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets.
2. One end of the lace (orange end) runs straight up the right side, is fed into and runs straight across the second set of eyelets.
3. Both ends now run straight up the left side, each skipping one eyelet before feeding in two eyelets higher up.
4. Continue running both ends across the shoe, then straight up two eyelets at a time.
5. At the top of the shoe, the laces end up on the same side and the shoelace knot is tied at that point.

Style 4: Saw Tooth


1. The lace runs straight across the bottom and the ends are fed into both bottom eyelets. 
2. One end of the lace (orange end) runs straight up the right side, emerges from and runs straight across the second set of eyelets. 
3. The other end (red end) runs diagonally underneath and, skipping the 2nd set of eyelets, emerges from and runs straight across the 3rd set of eyelets. 
4. Continue running each lace diagonally across and up 2 sets of eyelets until one end (orange in my example) reaches the top right eyelet. 
5. The other end (red in my example) then runs straight up the left side to emerge from the top left eyelet.

Style 5: Riding Bow


1. The lace is run diagonally and emerges from the bottom left and the top right eyelets. 
2. The top (red) end of the lace is zig-zagged from the top set of eyelets down to the middle eyelets in a similar manner to the Shoe Shop Lacing. 
3. The bottom (orange) end of the lace is similarly zig-zagged from the bottom set of eyelets up to the middle eyelets.

Style 6: Checker Board


1. Start with two pairs of different colour laces, preferably the wide, flat variety (I was lucky to receive two such pairs with my last runners!). 
2. With one colour (orange in my example), lace the shoe using either Straight (Fashion) or Straight (Lazy) Lacing. 
3. With the other colour (red in my example), start at the bottom of the shoe and weave the lace in and out of the other lace until you reach the top. 
4.Fold around the top lace and head back down, weaving out and in until you reach the bottom. 
5. Continue across the shoe until you're out of room or out of lace, whichever comes first. 
6. Tuck all the loose ends of the laces into the shoe.

Style 7: Lattice


1. The lace runs straight across the bottom and emerges from both bottom eyelets.
2. Cross the ends over and feed into the 4th set of eyelets up the shoe (skip past 2 sets of eyelets). 
3. Both ends now run straight up and emerge from the 5th set of eyelets. 
4. Cross the ends over and feed into the 2nd set of eyelets up the shoe (skip past 2 sets of eyelets). 
5. Both ends now run straight up and emerge from the 3rd set of eyelets. 
6. Cross the ends over, feed under and emerge from the top set of eyelets (skip past 2 sets of eyelets).

Style 8: Bi-Colour


1. Take two different colour laces, each a tiny bit longer than the correct length for the shoes. 
2. Cut them not quite in half, but offset by two or three centimetres. See below for how to calculate the difference in length between the two halves. 
3. Tie one shorter piece of one colour (orange in my example) and one longer piece of the other colour (red in my example) firmly together and trim off the excess. For extra security, add a dab of glue. Use the remaining pieces to make the bi-colour lace for the other shoe. 
4. Pull the longer (red) end out through the bottom right eyelet, feeding from inside the shoe, until you reach the joining knot
5. Now lace the rest of the shoe as per Straight (Fashion) Lacing.

Now you guys got the tips to adapt your lacing style according to your mood. Above just showed 8 different styles but mathematics tells us that there are more than 2 Trillion Methods of feeding a lace through the six pairs of eyelets on an average shoe.
Guys just imagine all the things you can do with laces.
A piece of advice? Do not hesitate to buy original laces to spicy your style!
Enjoy!

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