Straight Bar Lacing

With horizontal "bars" on the outside and hidden verticals inside, these shoes are both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

Illustration depicting 8 sets of eyelets

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Step 1: From the outside (grey part), work your way in through the bottom eyelets, going straight across.

What's more, the left (blue) end goes vertically up on the interior, then across on the exterior.

• Both ends ascend vertically on the inside, bypassing an eyelet and then reemerging two eyelets higher up.

Straight across at both ends, then back through the eyelets on either side.

• Run up the inside of the shoe and across the outside in alternating motions until lacing is complete.

You should start by going outside (the grey part) and coming in through the bottom eyelets, straight across.

It begins at the left (blue) end and travels vertically upward and horizontally across.

• Both ends ascend vertically on the inside, bypassing one eyelet and then reappearing two eyelets higher up

Both ends go straight across on the outside and back in through the eyelets next to them.

• Work your way up the inside of the circle, then across the outside, until you reach the second-from-top eyelet.

• Beginning at the second-to-top eyelet, run the laces horizontally across the outside of the shoe and vertically back inside, tucking the horizontal laces under the vertical laces inside the shoe (as in Ladder Lacing).

• Both ends ascend vertically inside and exit above the eyelets.

The first variant is reserved for shoes with an even number of eyelet pairs.

• The second option is for shoes that have an even number of eyelet pairs.


Even no cleanly = having eyelets

Odd no without eyelets = a jumbled mess

In terms of length, the extensions are roughly 28% longer. )

• Sometimes called "Lydiard Lacing," after the pioneering running coach Arthur Lydiard

Discouraged Use of Even-Numbered Pairs of Eyelets

Shoes with an even number of eyelet pairs (like those found in most dress shoes) are the best candidates for the straight bar lacing method. 8 sets of 2 = 16 eyelets This is because, in order to tie the laces together, the shoelace needs to cross the shoe an even number of times.

If your shoes have an uneven number of eyelet pairs (for. Since 7 sets of two is 14 eyelets, some creative problem-solving is required to make everything fit. If you want to keep the overall look while still being able to tie a regular knot, the "across and back" workaround (illustrated above) is probably the best option.

For a few more unorthodox solutions, see below:

Counsel for the Sportsperson or Soldier

With the Straight Bar Lacing technique, as with other straight lacing methods, the upper horizontal sections of shoelace can be quickly cut through with a knife or scissors to facilitate the removal of a boot from a broken ankle. ankle or foot injury (sprain, fracture, etc.)

I would advise military personnel to check with their superiors before implementing this or any other lacing method that might not be in accordance with regulations, as most armed forces have rules for practically everything.

As was previously mentioned, shoes with an even number of eyelet pairs are ideal for the Straight Bar Lacing method. The following illustrations use shoelace diagrams with seven sets of eyelets to demonstrate several solutions commonly used when working with shoes that have an uneven number of eyelet pairs.

Finishes Tucked In

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 1

The first illustration exhibits the awkwardness of the ends not naturally meeting across the top of the shoe. Tie the ends in a knot and tuck them into the top and second-from-top eyelets of the shoe for an instant fix.

Simple stopper knots or Lace Anchors can be used to permanently anchor the ends inside the eyelets for a more snug fit.

To the Other Side and Back Again

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 2

In the main lacing diagram up top, the second straight section from the top runs left to right (on the outside), then right to left (on the inside), and tucks under the vertical section on the left. As an added bonus, when using flat shoelaces, the inner straight section is effectively concealed by the outer straight section. Jeremy J. Friedman has contributed to this article.

Two Pins in One Hole

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 3

After lacing the shoe normally, both ends should come out of the same top eyelet (the top-right one in this case). Put one end through an eyelet and out the other (the top left one). The finished product will have a double pass across the top, but the shoelace knot will do a good job of hiding it. Submitted by Dan S.

Just One Diagonal

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 4

Incorporate a single diagonal into the lacing process. As it rises, the loops and loose ends make it less obvious. When placed at the bottom, it can be run around the tongue's interior to conceal the diagonal, albeit at the cost of a modicum of discomfort. If the shoe has a loop for centering the tongue, the diagonal can be placed so that it runs through that hole.

There is only one crossover.

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 5

This alternate takes inspiration from the style of Roman lace and emphasizes a single crossover rather than trying to conceal it. Unlike the "One Diagonal" variation described above, this crossover does not have to be performed in the center of the lacing process.

Concurrently, Twice

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 6

Similar to the "One Crossover" variation, but with the eyelets arranged in a more compact formation, both ends run directly across one set and then feed back through the other. The loops and loose ends make it less obvious up top. If you're having trouble lacing up or letting out your shoes, try doing so closer to the bottom, where the shoe doesn't have to open as far.

Combined with Lock-Laced Combinations

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 7

Using regular lacing techniques, reach the second-to-top set of eyelets, then perform a High Lace Lock through the apex set. Even though it's not as aesthetically pleasing, this method of lacing ensures a secure fit.

For further explanation, please visit the Lock Lacing page.

Drop One Set of Eyelets

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 8

The above unconventional solutions are all laces through an even number of eyelet pairs, and then something else is added. A third option is to leave the eyelets as they are, either by leaving the top or bottom pair empty or by skipping a pair of eyelets in the middle of the lacing.

Tie Off and Cut Off

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 9

The final step, if you're willing to cut your laces, is to anchor the two pieces diagonally opposite each other at the bottom of the shoe, either with stopper knots or Lace Anchors.

To avoid tripping, the two "half" shoelaces should be of different lengths. To determine the proper length of shoelaces for Half & Half Straight Bar Lacing, please refer to the Shoelace Length Calculator.

It didn't matter how many times I watched your video on YouTube, I still wasn't able to get it. You saved my life by providing that picture/video tutorial on how to bar lace, thanks so much!

- Saara S , Nov-2022

Designed the ULTIMATE pair of jumping shoes

I just bought some classic-looking (but tedious-to-lace) Corcoran 1500s. The under-over knot from the bottom to the fifth eyelet secured my foot, and the gap/army lacing "jump" over the sixth eyelet relieved pressure on my leg and the leather. I took my already-ideal jump boots and made them even better by adding four rows of bar lacing for even and comfortable support and then a lace lock using the eleventh and twelfth eyelets.

These elements together:

-Allowed the sock to be snugged up around the foot with a simple pull on the gap loops and loosened with a separate pull on the same loops.

Eliminated pain in the ankle area

With the added friction from the bar pattern, the laces stayed where they needed to be.

Reduced the pressure points caused by traditional cross lacing, making the boot's leg feel more like a sock.

In addition, it stands out in a distinct yet relatively neat fashion.

Please accept my gratitude for the many ideas and approaches you've shared.

- James D , Aug-2022

Simply wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your writing. On Friday night, before my daughter's first performance with a marching band on Saturday morning, she informed me that she would need to use bar lacing for her shoes on Saturday morning. Then we went to your site to see if there was any other information we could use. She was so amused that she went out and purchased your iOS app and has since spent several hours browsing the various lacing patterns.

Anyway, the way you have everything explained with the various resources allowed us to easily get the lacing right, and this made a late night before an early morning trip to a parade much more manageable.

– Olaf A , May-2022

I've found that the flex at the instep is maximized in all of the shoes I wear when I use Straight Bar lacing. It's the most relaxing approach I've ever used. After the 1970s, few people were taught how to make a straight bar, and today, only about 10% of the population is aware of this technique and its advantages. How terrible for your feet if you never learn to tie your shoes in any way other than over at the first row of eyelets, under towards the rest of the rows, and then tucking in the laces inside the shoe (tied or untied) Education must be reinstated. The vast majority of people I've encountered have insufficient lace to tie a knot of a decent size that rests comfortably on the tongue. Given the additional length of laces necessary to tie a knot, the straight bar is the one I recommend most often because it improves flex and overall comfort. The length of the laces used in the knot is maximized, making it the most aesthetically pleasing and practical lacing method. It also allows for a greater range of lacing tension while maintaining wearer comfort. is the standard and traditional technique for lacing up all sorts of shoes, including dress shoes, sneakers, and running shoes.

The only real drawbacks to straight bar lacing are relearning how to loosen and tighten and finding a comfortable workaround for all pairs with odd numbered eyelet rows.

This is Sam in Australia in June of 2021.

I bought skate shoes with inadequately long laces and was at a loss as to how to fix the situation until I stumbled upon your lacing guide and opted for the straight bar method.

The David W. , UK, Jul-2013

Using this technique, I was able to straight-lace shoes with an odd number of eyelets without using a crossover or doing anything else that would make them stand out. If this has been added before, or if my image contains any mistakes, I apologize in advance.

("Twice Through One Eyelet" was a solution proposed by Dan. )

– Dan S (July 2008)

When I wore shoes with Straight European Lacing, my feet would always hurt from the strain. My feet have been pain-free ever since I switched to Straight Bar Lacing, and my shoes have never looked better.

– Alex M May/2008, Kall, Germany

You get a lot more lace at the end when you lace your shoes this way, which means you can tie bigger bows or knots and the shoes are less likely to come undone.

– Rob S , UK, Nov-2006

My solution to a common problem—straight lacing on a shoe with three eyelets—is not one that I see on your site. It could be modified for use with shoes that have an even or a different odd number of eyelets. Perhaps including it on your list and creating one of those simple diagrams to explain it would be helpful to others.

(Jeremy proposed the "Across and Back" alternative.) )

Jeremy J , Fashion Forum Network Administrator, United States of America, December 2005

A new pair of Converse low-top canvas sneakers just arrived from the United States, and I'm already distracted. To my delight, I pulled out the laces and began tying them in what I now call the "Straight (Fashion) Lacing" method. plus I attempted the whole thing was doomed to fail Since I wasn't in the mood to get started on my work, I decided to investigate the possible reasons why. After a quick Google search, I learned that this technique is ineffective with anything other than an even number of eyelets. I see now (7 is my lucky number)

I'm Nick and I'm from London, UK. - June 2005

For some time now, those who visit the New Balance website in search of a solution to the problem of foot pain caused by high arches have been able to find information on this technique.

Those who prefer a snug fit in their footwear may be disappointed. A looser fit is felt, but no actual movement is taking place. I don't know if it's actually looser, but it does feel different.

– Jim G the month of January 2005, in Canada

It is worth noting that [Canadian] Air Cadets use the Straight (Fashion) lacing technique. Also, I'm a cadet in the Air Force, and I've learned the importance of the Straight (Fashion) when it comes to the Parade Boots we wear.

R. Delon Canada, January 2005

I understand that not all armed forces are American and that not all American armed forces are the Army, but it's worth noting that straight lacing is forbidden in the US Army's standard black leather combat boot. Really, it seems like there's a ridiculous rule for everything these days. Please click here (http://docs. usapa belvoir army mil/jw2/xmldemo/r670_1/main you can access it here (, but I won't make you load it because I

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First, the black laces are tied diagonally on the boots, with the extra length either tucked into the top of the boot and hidden by the bloused pants or slacks, or wrapped around the top of the boot. [ ]

It looks like I can't try the straight lace, and I don't want other people to get into trouble over it; I'm not sure just how popular your site is, really, so I had to look it up.

- S. Shannon , Jan. 2005, U.S.A.

You probably already know this, but the Straight (Fashion) lacing method is identical to the one advocated by running industry pioneer Arthur Lydiard.

-- David M. United States of America, September 2004

Straight lacing works best when there are an odd number of eyelets, but it also works well when there are an even number of eyelets because you won't have to tie the laces as often. You can either leave them tied behind the tongue of the shoe (if the number of eyelets is odd) or tuck them in (if the number of eyelets is even), though I personally prefer the former. One can, with practice and luck, get the shoe to fit snugly without restricting movement in the foot, allowing for easy donning and removal.

– Oren H Jun. 2004, U.S.A.

Because of its "clean" appearance and its prevalence on my regular "casual" work shoes, I opted for straight (fashion) lacing, and I was pleasantly surprised by how simple it was (your instructions on the whole site are wonderful).

R. H. Russell February 2004; Dallas, Texas, USA

For straight lacing, I use a technique that is both functional and stylish (if a gap is present, it prevents the so-called background mess associated with the "European" style).

This is Tyrell P. , Dec-2003