Even though skateboarding shoes come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, they can be customized even further by lacing them differently. Learning how to lace your shoes in a variety of ways will not only make your shoes look more fashionable but they will relieve pressure on your foot and offer greater support, as well. Learning how to lace your shoes takes little time and is something that you can apply to not just your skating shoes but all of your footware.
When skateboarding, it helps to keep the laces tucked in so they do not show. This not only prevents the laces from tearing but it also looks much cooler. To do this, simply take your laces and insert them into the eyelets near the toe as you normally would. Continue to lace them in and out of the eyelets and work your way up to the second-to-last eyelet at the top of your shoe. Now tie a knot with the remaining laces and tuck it behind the tongue of your shoe. Your shoe now has a hidden knot.
The straight bar makes the laces run straight across the tongue rather than crossing each other. To begin, run the laces through the bottom eyelets. Take the left end of the lace and skip the second eyelet and run it vertically through the third eyelet and lace it across to the eyelet beside it. Take the right lace and run it vertically through the second eyelet and bring that across to the eyelet beside it, as well. Now bring the lace that it is in the third eyelet and bring it vertically to the fifth and across. Proceed to take the other lace vertically to the fourth and across. Bring each lace through the last eyelet that is vertically above them to finish. Tie the knot any way that you wish.
This variation is called the hash technique because of the resemblance of hash mark symbols that the laces create. To begin, run the laces through the bottom eyelets. Bring the left end of the lace diagonally across to the fourth eyelet. Once in the fourth, thread the lace to the third eyelet that is directly below it. Take the right end of the lace and bring it diagonally across to the fourth eyelet, as well. Take the end and thread it through the third eyelet directly below it to create the first hash symbol. Repeat this step for both ends to create the second and third hash symbol. Once the last is created the laces will thread through the last eyelet, where they are ready to be tied.