Learn Your Laces
It sounds easy enough, but there are countless ways of lacing your shoes, some better than others. We're here to show the only two you really need to know. Which one you choose is a matter of personal taste.
Many dress shoes come straight-laced out of the box. It's a clean look, but nearly impossible to tighten or adjust. Here's how to do it in the real world.
Feed laces into bottom eyelets and ensure they're even.
Feed right lace up through the second left eyelet. Feed left lace through the third right eyelet (skipping one).
Take left lace across and feed into the second right eyelet and then up through the fourth left eyelet (skipping one).
Continue until both ends reach the last eyelet.
Up and Under
This is a more practical and traditional way of lacing up your shoes. Good for heartier footwear like wing tips and bucks.
Feed lace ends into the bottom eyelets, ensuring they're even.
Take right lace and feed up through the second left eyelet.
Cross left lace over and into the second right eyelet.
Continue crossing laces, feeding through eyelets until you reach the top.