How to Straight-Lace Shoelaces

Shoe Laces
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Straight lacing a shoe may look complicated, but once you learn the basic method, it is not difficult. The ending result is a shoe that seems to be a little more special than it otherwise might be. Straight lacing is a nice touch with dress shoes, but it also can add flair to other shoes as well. Here is one method of straight lacing shoelaces.

Thread the shoelace from the top down into the first holes of the shoe.

Pull one side of the lace directly over the top of the shoe to the first hole on the same side. Thread this lace up through the first hole and adjust the length so that it is suitable for tying when the shoe is finished being laced.

Take the other side of the lace and cross it over to the next hole on the opposite side of the shoe. Bring it up from the bottom.

Pull the lace all the way through and cross it over on top of the shoe to the hole directly across from it. Push it down into this hole.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to lace the entire shoe. Stop when you reach the second hole from the end.

Insert the lace through the second hole and back up into the first hole on the same side of the shoe. This ensures that both laces are coming up out of the holes instead of one coming up out of a hole and one going down into a hole.

Tie the shoes to finish lacing.

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