To Lace or Not to Lace? Different Ways to Lace Shoes

Most people lace their shoes in a pretty similar way. It’s the sneaker standard. Maybe you lace your shoes that way on purpose, or maybe your lace up sneaker just came that way. But we know that you’re probably getting tired of fitting in with that sneaker standard. Plus it’s kind of boring to always have your shoes tied the same way, especially when there are infinite lacing possibilities out there. It’s time to let your unique style take over your lacing and jazz up your lace-up sneakers. Here’s your guide to three cool ways to lace shoes that will leave everyone staring in awe. 


Method #1—The Classic Straight Shoelace

The classic straight shoelace radiates both the simple and retro vibes, and it’s really easy to do. To successfully straight lace your lace-up sneakers, you need to have an even number of eyelets (those metal holes the laces go into). This straight lacing pattern needs the shoelaces to cross the same amount of times and meet in the middle, so it’s not great for odd numbered eyelets. 

  • Step #1. Insert the shoelace into the bottom two eyelets with the tip (or aglet) pointing into the shoe. Tighten and make sure both ends of the shoelace are even. 
  • Step #2. Take the left lace and run it straight up the inside and pull it through the eyelet and across the outside to the opposite eyelet. 
  • Step #3. Take the right lace and run it straight up the inside, skipping over the eyelet you just pulled the left lace through. Pull the right lace through the eyelet above that and across the outside to the opposite eyelet, pointing the aglet into the shoe. 
  • Step #4. Take the left lace and run it up the inside, skipping the eyelet the right lace just came from. Repeat step two. 
  • Step #5. Keep alternating the left and right lace until you hit the last eyelets. 
  • Step #6. Tie your shoes with the ends of the laces that poke through the top eyelets. 
  • Step #7. Look awesome. This step isn’t optional. 

Method #2—The Lightning Lace

Go Grease lightning, and go lightning lacing. Nothing will give your lace-up sneakers a jolt of energy like using the lightning lace. Plus it is much easier than it might look. 

  • Step #1. Insert the shoelace into the bottom two eyelets with the aglet pointing toward you. Tighten and make sure both ends of the shoelace are even. 
  • Step #2. Take the left lace and pull it diagonally across the outside into the top eyelet on the right. Don’t touch the left lace again. 
  • Step #3. Take the right lace and cross it across the outside into the the second eyelet from the bottom on the left. 
  • Step #4. Pull the right lace straight up and out into the next eyelet just above it on the same left side. 
  • Step #5. Insert the aglet of the right lace into the eyelet second from the bottom on the right. 
  • Step #6. Repeat steps 3–5, alternating which side the lace is on, until you reach the top eyelet. 
  • Step #7. Tie the lightning lace (the left lace) and the right lace, bringing it all together for a truly electric look.   

Method #3—The Lattice Lacing Technique

Did you think the last two were too easy? Then you’re in luck because the lattice lacing technique is more complicated. But it’s also one of the most unique and fun looking lacing methods out there to jazz up your lace-up sneakers

  • Step #1. Insert the shoelace into the bottom two eyelets with the aglets pointing toward you. Tighten and make sure both ends are even. 
  • Step #2. Cross both the left and right laces out on the outside and insert them into eyelets three above the bottom eyelets the laces just came from. 
  • Step #3. Run both the left and right laces up the inside and out through the eyelets just above where they came from. 
  • Step #4. Cross the left and right laces on the outside again and insert them into the eyelets three below the eyelets they just came from. 
  • Step #5. Run the left and right laces up the inside to the next eyelet. But this time as you run them across the outside, weave each lace through the crosses that are already there. Pull the lace out the top eyelet. Repeat this step for the left and right laces. 
  • Step #6. Wow the world because the lattice lace looks unrealistically cool, especially when paired with bold shoes.

These three cool ways to lace shoes are pretty simple to do, and they make your sneakers look even cooler than they already do. The good news is these aren’t the only different ways to lace shoes, and you can spend the rest of your life trying out the hundreds of ways to lace your sneakers. We plan on doing exactly that.