Bored with your shoes? Try out these cool styles of shoe lacing
Remember the first time you learnt to tie shoelaces? Probably taught by your parents or siblings, the entire process of running the laces through the holes of the shoes and then learning to tie a firm knot seems a little daunting at first. But like everything else in life, with practice the routine becomes automatic. However, most of us end up sticking to the first shoelace style we learn and seldom experiment later in life. But did you know there are almost 2 trillion ways to lace a show with just six pairs of holes or eyelets! And that’s not including the styles of knotting, which are varied in number too. The most common shoe lacing method we use, termed criss-cross lacing, is one of the strongest and the most efficient. However, many other lacing methods have been developed with specific functional benefits such as being easier to loosen or tighten, more comfort, tighter binding, better fit and preventing slippage. In this article, we will look at some cool shoelace styles and techniques that you can try out. So, how are you going to lace your shoes today?
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1 Loop Back
Loop back lacing gives a more decorative look than the usual criss-cross lacing. They look good on dark-colored shoes with light-colored laces. However, they do require longer length shoe laces.
Army lacing allows the sides of the boots to flex more easily and prevents the laces from suffering much wear and tear. Since military boots are made of thick, sturdy leather, this lacing method eliminates crossovers that would hold down the sides of the boots.
A funky lacing method, Diamond lacing works best with sneakers and boots, which have many eyelets. They look better with flat laces rather than round ones and require that the eyelets be large enough to allow at least 2 shoelace passes through them.
As the name suggests, this lacing method resembles a ladder. Used by paratroopers, hikers, skaters and trekkers, the laces stay tight in the Ladder method and thus help keep the shoes secure on the feet. It’s preferable to use them on shoes with many eyelets and require longer shoe laces than basic criss-cross lacing.
A purely decorative form of lacing, the Star or Pentagram lacing resembles the five-pointed stars found on the flag of the U.S. The method works best with thinner or flat laces with larger eyelets to accommodate 2 shoelace passes.
A rather interesting lacing method, Zipper holds the laces firmly by locking them at each eyelet pair. It is very useful in skates, climbing shoes and boots, where a strong support is required. The shoelaces to implement zipper lacing are longer than those needed for basic lacing.
7 Spider Web
Used mainly in military boots, this lacing method looks like an intricately woven spider web and hence the name. Like ladder lacing, spider web lacing keeps the lace firm and tight and are more effective on boots with large number of eyelets.
8 Saw Tooth
If you have a shoe that’s ill-fitting, you can use the Saw tooth lacing method to help correct its fit. This lacing method makes it easier to tighten the shoe and shift the alignment of the sides, thereby adjusting its fit as required. The shoe laces required for this method are shorter than those required for basic criss-cross lacing.
Like pentagram lacing, the hexagram lacing method is primarily focused on giving a more decorative look. Resembling a six-pointed star, which is an important symbol in several cultures and religions, it has a rather loose fit and works best with thin or flat shoelaces.
As the name suggests, in this method, the laces alternate between crossing “over” and “under” each other. An effective lacing method, it has the twin benefits of making it easier to tighten or loosen the laces as well as reducing friction and wear & tear in shoes. It also has a rather distinct decorative look.