In the list of priorities on how to dress well, your shoelaces always come at the end. If we think about it it’s not much important though but still, if want to call yourself properly dressed up then you should have some attention to your shoelaces.
There are many ways to lace your dress shoes. Prefer what looks good to you. Bar lacing, Lan knot, bowknot, and many more in the list of how to lace dress shoes.
Shoestrings, bootlaces, or shoelaces all are the same and also do the same work, they keep your footwear secured, and also change the look of your shoes.
One of the easiest ways to change the look of your shoe is to change your shoelaces. Let’s see how to lace your dress shoes.
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What Are Dress Shoes?
Anything that is not a Sneaker, boot, or any style of footwear that exposes your feet, which means a brogue, a derby, an Oxford, or a monk strap shoe. These are formal as well as casual wear.
The most common dress shoes are derby, loafers, and formal pumps. The most popular one is the Oxford dress shoes.
These are elegant dress shoe that features a closed lacing system concealed within the upper part of the shoe. Simply we can say that shoes which need to have laces.
How Do Lace Dress Shoes With Different Eyelets?
There are many methods to lace dress shoes with 4 eyelets:-
- Starting from the two front-most opposite facing holes, insert each end of the shoelace from the inside.
- You can insert the lace pointing from the front of the shoe inward instead of going from the inside pointing outward, to give a more neat appearance.
- Insert the left end of the shoelace into the next hole and continue to insert in opposite holes until the end at last make a bow and tie it.
Like this different eyelets can be laced with different methods.
Types Of Lacing Techniques
- Lattice– go from inside and put it in the same opposite hole. Then by leaving two holes put the lace inside the fourth hole from the outside and on the outside put the lace in the second hole in the opposite direction.
- Now repeat it with every hole and at last, put the lace inside the hole from the outside and put it inside the remaining holes in the opposite direction. Now tie it.
- The first step to lace your shoes is to make sure the lace tips are even. Put each lace tip in the first set of eyelets from the top and pull the lace tight, while making sure it stays even.
- This is super important regardless of what lace style you choose because unevenness will become more noticeable when you reach to final eyelets. If they are too uneven you won’t be able to tie your shoes.
- Once you have made sure the laces are even, you can start the diagonal pattern going to the second set of eyelets.
- Start lacing them criss-cross style, with the first lace going over and down into each eyelet, rather than coming up through the eyelets. Follow the same pattern and continue the process and at last tie it up.
- Loop pattern, once you create a loop on one side of the shoe, simply put the other lace through the loop and bring it back to the next eyelet on the same side.
- After you loop them together, pull them evenly so the point at which they cross in the middle of the tongue is not too far to the left or right of the shoe.
- Straight pattern, this pattern is good for shoes that you will wear casually. If you plan on tightening your shoes for secure lockdown while playing sports or working out, you will want to lace your sneakers normally.
Types Of Laces
We will share some types that I have heard though there are many.
- Alencon Lace – it is a needle lace from Alencon in France. It is a fine lace with a floral design with the individual motifs often outlined using a heavy thread.
- Allover Lace– this is a cheaper type of lace with a repetitive allover pattern.
- Battenburg Lace – this type of lace is made with bobbins, using tape which is then worked around to create a new design.
- Breton Lace – also known as schiffli, is the term used for a chemically created lace, where the lace is machine made by embroidering the design on a fabric that has been treated by chemicals allowing it to dis afterward.
- Chantilly Lace – is another type of fine lace and it is named after a city called Chantilly in northern France. It is lightweight lace with scalloped edges making it a perfect bridal lace for a wedding dress.
- Corded Lace – this lace uses a soutache cord which helps to raise the design making it look more three-dimensional.
- Torchon Lace – this is simple lace to make and often the first one a new lacemaker will learn.
- Embroidered Lace – these laces are embellished with beads, crystals, and more to create a heavily embellished lace.
- Guipure Lace – a lace created with braids giving it a raised Design. It is a heavier-weight lace with many uses.
For every eyelet there is a different length is required in laces. Like in 3-5 eyelets we need 75cm of lace and in 5-6 eyelets we require 90cm of lace size and in 6-7 eyelets it would be great to have a length of lace be 114 cm and so on.
Quality Of Shoelaces
- For tennis shoes and skater shoes you should have laces made of cotton
- For normal wear or for work you should have textured polyester laces.
- For walking boots and shoes you should have nylon shoelaces
- For sports activities, you should wear shoes with elastic shoelaces.
In the end, I will recommend you to have some attention to your shoelaces as it gives a different look to your shoes and makes you more confident while walking or running.
And also remember to wear shoes with particular material of laces as one needs different material laces for different activities.
And tie your laces with any of the types of techniques I have provided. There are many ways to lace your shoes don’t worry about how to lace your shoes. Choose what suits your look.