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How To Straight Lace A Pair Of Dress Shoes

By Edited Jul 6, 2014 1 0

There are quite a few ways to lace your pair of dress shoes; however, the straight lace seems to be the most appealing, and hardest to execute. I can guarantee you that you will never forget how to lace your dress shoes using the straight bar method once you have learned it; however, it may take you a few tries to get it right.

It doesn’t take a formal statistic to understand that about 90% of the people around you(regardless of where you are) will have their shoes laced up using the criss cross method; it is the easiest, and the best in regards to actually tightening the shoes. This means that by simply lacing up your casual dress shoes using the straight lace method, you will be putting yourself within the top 10% of people around you in regards to the lacing method that is being used. Follow the steps throughout this article, and you will be straight lacing your dress shoes in no time!

Step 1-Feed The Laces Through The Two Most Bottom Holes Evenly

This step is absolutely simple, and is how you begin to execute every single method of lacing a pair of casual dress shoes. You must take the entire shoe lace and feed it through the bottom two holes evenly.

NOTE: the laces must be fed into the bottom two holes in a manner in which they end up being underneath the walls of the shoe; you must feed each half of the lace inwards!

For the sake of argument, throughout this article the left side of the shoe lace will be referred to as the RED LACE, and the right side of the lace will be referred to as the YELLOW LACE. Although it is realistically only one piece of shoelace, each side will be considered as being its own entity.

Step 2-Take The Red (Left) Lace And Feed It Outwards Through The Hole Above, And Inwards Through The Hole Adjacent

The second step in learning how to straight lace your casual dress shoes is relatively simple, and can be accomplished easily if you pay attention to the important details. You must take the red side of the shoelace, and feed it outwards through the hole above. You should now be able to see one side of the shoelace, and the other side should be hidden behind the wall of the shoe. You will then feed the red side of the shoelace inwards through the hole that sits immediately adjacent to where it is!

Step 3- Take The Yellow (Right) Lace And Feed It Outwards Through The Hole That Is Two Spaces Above, And Inwards Through The Hole Adjacent

The third step is almost as easy as the second step, but I would still recommend paying absolute attention to the details of this paragraph to ensure that you get it right. In order to effectively straight lace your pair of casual dress shoes you must then take the other side of the lace (the yellow side) and feed it outwards through the hole that sits 2 spots above where it was last fed. You must then take the yellow side of the lace and feed it inwards through the hole that sits immediately adjacent to the hole that it came out of.

After completing these two steps you should have  two straight bars laced through 2 rows of holes in the shoe, and you should be well on your way to executing the straight lacing pattern through the entire casual dress shoe.

Step 4-Take The Red (Left) Lace And Feed It Outwards Through The Hole That Is Two Spaces Above, And Inwards Through The Hole Adjacent

The fourth step basically involves taking the red lace, and skipping a hole upwards. You must take the red lace and feed it outwards through the hole that is two positions above the one that it was last fed through. You must then feed it inwards through the hole that sits immediately adjacent to the one that it came from. 

After completing the fourth step in straight lacing a pair of casual dress shoes, they will almost be completely laced!

Step 5- Repeat Steps 3 And 4 Until You Have Used Up All Of The Holes

The fifth step in learning how to straight lace casual dress shoes is absolutely simple, and basically involves repeating the third and fourth steps until you have completed the lacing pattern throughout the entire face of the shoe!vHave

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