How To Lace Your Shoes

Whether tightening up your head-to-toe look or dialing in your fit for your best court, pitch, field, diamond or on-street performance, discovering a shoe lacing pattern or system that's perfect for you can make all the difference.

From tying them loose to locking them down, there's countless ways to lace up and stand out. Check out the links below to find your style or create your own.

Runner's Loop Lacing

A common lacing technique for trail and long-distance runners because it creates a super-tight fit that doesn't loosen while running on uneven surfaces or racking up the miles.
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Step 1

Through the bottom eyelet, string the lace to create an equal amount on the left and right sides.
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Step 2

Take the left and right laces across each other to the next available eyelets in a diagonal "X" pattern. Continue this crisscross pattern until the last two eyelets.
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Step 3

Now, take each lace straight up to the eyelet above on the same side of the shoe - threading from the outside-in to create a loop.
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Step 4

Run the laces through the adjacent loop and pull tight to lock your heel down. Then tie the laces off into a double knot bow.

Straight Lacing

The definitive style to show off your fresh kicks. Also known as 'fashion lacing' or 'street lacing.'
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Step 1

Start with an equal amount of lace on each side of the bottom eyelet.
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Step 2

Take the left lace up the inside of the shoe through the second eyelet, then straight across.
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Step 3

Take the right lace up the inside of the shoe through the third eyelet, then straight across.
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Step 4

Repeat Steps 2 and 3, alternating between the right and left laces skipping eyelets and threading straight across until the pattern reaches the top of the shoe. Finish with a regular bow knot.
Get your style locked down by knowing how to lace up. It's a vital step whether you're looking for a fashionable style for the streets or a functional style to perform on the field. The possibilities are nearly endless so search the site to what you're looking for or become inspired to create a style all your own.