Straight Bar Lacing

Vertical "bars" on the inside provide support while the horizontal exterior provides a clean aesthetic and relief for the ball of the foot.

In this case, we're looking at a diagram for 8 sets of eyelets.

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Starting outside (grey part) and working your way in through the bottom eyelets, begin with a straight across motion.

The blue portion on the left goes vertically up inside, then horizontally across outside.

• Both ends ascend vertically on the inside, bypassing one eyelet to appear above the other by two.

• The two ends go straight across on the outside and back in through the neighboring eyelets

To lace, you should: • Run up the inside, then across the outside, alternating between the two, until you're done.

How to Crochet: • Starting on the outside (grey part) and going inside through the bottom eyelets, begin crocheting in a straight across

• The left (blue) end goes vertically up and across on the inside and outside, respectively.

• Both ends ascend vertically on the inside, bypassing one eyelet to appear above the other by two.

The two ends keep going across the outside and feeding into the eyelets next to them.

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

• Starting at the second-to-top eyelet, run the shoelace horizontally across the outside of the shoe and back vertically inside, tucking the ends under the shoe (mimicking the tucked segments of Ladder Lacing).

• Both ends travel in a vertical direction within the object, emerging from the top eyelets

One 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 neatness of eyelets

Odd no Having eyelets on something means it's going to look messy.

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• Sometimes called "Lydiard Lacing," after legendary track coach Arthur Lydiard

Restriction on Matching Eyelet Pairs

For a clean finish, a straight bar lace can only be used on shoes with an even number of eyelet pairs (such as A total of 16 eyelets (8 sets) This is due to the fact that the shoelace needs to go around the shoe an even number of times before the two ends will be able to meet in the middle and be tied.

If your shoes have an uneven number of eyelet pairs (for. There must be a solution to make the ends coincide with the number of eyelets (7 pairs = 14). 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 some additional peculiar workarounds, see below.

Advice for the Sportsperson or Soldier

Straight Bar Lacing has the same advantage as other straight lacing methods for sporting or military use: the upper horizontal sections of shoelace can be quickly cut through with a knife or scissors to remove a boot from a broken ankle. injuries to the foot or ankle

Keep in mind that most armed forces have regulations for everything, including lacing, so it's best if service members double-check before using this (or any other) technique.

As was previously mentioned, shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs are the best candidates for the Straight Bar Lacing technique. Using examples involving seven sets of eyelets, we can see several common solutions for shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs.

Trimmings Tucked In

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 1

The first illustration displays how the ends do not align in a natural fashion across the top of the shoe. Simply tuck the ends into the top and second-from-top eyelets of the shoe in a diagonal pattern to make a quick repair.

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

Over and Around

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 2

More specifically, 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 side, as shown in the main lacing diagram above. When using flat shoelaces, the inner straight section is largely concealed by the outer straight section. Authored by Jeremy J.

Two Pins in One Hole

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 3

To do this, lace the shoe as usual, but have both ends come out of the same top eyelet (the top-right one in this case). Pull one end through an eyelet, then back through the other one (the top-left one). There will be a double-pass across the top when you're done, but the shoelace knot will cover it up nicely. Submitted by: Dan S.

Diagonal One

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 4

Try incorporating a single diagonal into the lacing process. In the upper regions, the loops and loose ends make it less obvious. The diagonal can be hidden by running it around the inside of the tongue, which causes a little discomfort at the bottom. If the shoe has a tongue centering loop, the diagonal can be placed near the middle to go through it.

There is only one crossover.

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 5

As an alternative to covering up a single diagonal, this design highlights a single crossover, giving it a Roman lace-like appearance. While this variation of the "One Diagonal" crossover can be used anywhere along the lacing, it cannot be used in the middle.

Two-Fold Duplication

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 6

Both ends run directly across one set of eyelets and feed again through the opposite set, like a compressed version of the previous "One Crossover" variation. In the upper regions, the loops and loose ends make it less apparent. Near the sole, the shoe does not need to open as wide, so any difficulty with this section tightening or loosening will not be as noticeable.

Combined with Lock-Laced Combinations

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 7

Lace normally until the second set of top eyelets, then complete with a High Lace Lock through the top set. The lacing is pulled even tighter, but it doesn't look as good.

In order to learn more about lock lacing, please visit this page.

The Pair of Eyelets Before Skipping

Straight Bar Lacing Odd Workaround 8

All of these nonstandard solutions are laces through an even number of eyelet pairs, and then something else is added. Leaving the top or bottom pair of eyelets unlaced, or skipping a pair of eyelets in the middle of the lacing, is another option.

Trim and Secure

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.

The two "halves" of the shoelaces need to be different lengths. Use the Shoelace Length Calculator's settings for Half & Half Straight Bar Lacing.

Multiple viewings of your YouTube video did not help me. My inability to bar lace was finally remedied when I stumbled upon your site and viewed the photo/video guide.

- Saara S , Nov-2022

Developed the ULTIMATE setup for a pair of jumping shoes

The Corcoran 1500s I just bought are classic in design but tedious to lace due to their 12 eyelets per shoe. Since the sixth eyelet dug into my leg when I moved and put undue strain on the leather, I used an under-over lacing pattern from the bottom to the fifth eyelet to keep my foot in place. I took my already-ideal pair of 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.

With these elements in play:

Pulling the gap loops together makes it snug around the foot, and pulling them apart makes them loose.

Inflammation and pain in the ankle area were reduced.

-The friction created by the bar pattern assisted in maintaining the ideal tightness of the laces.

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

The way it stands out from the crowd while still maintaining a minimally messy appearance is something to be commended.

Our gratitude for the many ideas presented.

- James D , Aug-2022

I wanted to express my appreciation for the material you've provided. This past weekend was my daughter's first performance with a marching band, and the night before, she informed me that she would need to use bar lacing for her shoes. We decided to visit your site to learn even more. My daughter was so amused by your app that she went out and purchased an iOS device so that she could spend more time exploring the various lacing options.

In any case, thanks to the clear instructions and helpful links provided, we were able to successfully complete the lacing process the night before an early morning parade attendance.

– Olaf A , May-2022

Each pair of shoes that I lace with a Straight Bar has more instep flex than the others. It's the most stress-free approach I've ever used. Unfortunately, 90% of people today are unaware of the benefits of the straight bar, as the technique went out of style in the 1970s. 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, then under towards the rest of the rows, and finally tuck in the laces inside the shoe, tied or untied. Returning to school is essential. 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. For the sake of knotting your laces and increasing flex and comfort, I always recommend a straight bar. It's ideal in every way: aesthetically pleasing, allows for a custom fit (even at the highest tension), and maximizes the use of the laces (thus reusing old pairs of laces and saving money) over alternative methods. is the traditional method of lacing up shoes (dress shoes, athletic shoes, etc.).

One disadvantage of straight bar lacing is that it requires the user to relearn how to loosen and tighten the laces, and they will also need to find a comfortable workaround for all pairs that have an odd number of eyelets.

June 2021 - Sam, Australia

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.

In honor of David W. , UK, Jul-2013

Hey Ian, this is how I used to straight-lace some shoes with an odd number of eyelets, without using a crossover or doing anything else that would make the laces obvious. I sincerely apologize if this has already been added, or if my image contains any mistakes.

Dan offered the "Twice Through One Eyelet" fix. )

– Dan S (July 2008)

My feet would hurt from the constant pressure of the Straight European Lacing. My feet have been pain-free ever since I switched to Straight Bar Lacing, and my shoes have never looked better.

– Alex M In Kall, Germany, May of 2008

I've also noticed that when lacing shoes this way, there's a lot more lace left over at the end, which means you can tie more secure bows or knots and the shoes are less likely to come undone.

– Rob S , UK, Nov-2006

I have developed a method of lacing that does not appear on your site but is very useful: straight lacing for a shoe or boot with three eyelets. It could potentially be modified for use with shoes that have an even or an odd number of eyelets. I figured you could add it to your list and make one of those simple diagrams to help people understand it.

(Jeremy suggested using an "Across and Back" approach. )

A 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. Thrilled with my purchase, I pulled out my newfound knowledge of "Straight (Fashion) Lacing" and began lacing them up. as well as I did my best Furthermore, it was impossible to make it work. Because I wasn't in the mood to get to work, I decided to investigate the possible reasons why this wouldn't. After a quick Google search, I learned that this technique is ineffective with anything other than an even number of eyelets. I see now (I'm a mother of 7)

Nick, London, UK, June 2005

Those with high arches, in particular, can benefit from this technique, which New Balance has been touting on its website for some time now.

However, those who prefer a snug fit in their footwear may be disappointed. Despite the lack of mobility, there is the impression of a looser fit. I don't know if it's actually looser, but it does feel different.

– Jim G January 2005, Canada

Just so you know, the [Canadian] Air Cadets only use the Straight (Fashion) lacing style. Also, I'm a cadet in the Air Force, and I've figured out how to wear the Straight (Fashion) Parade Boots we have to wear.

The Delon R. Province of Quebec, 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 pointing out that straight lacing is forbidden in the US Army's standard black leather combat boot. The government seems to have a ridiculous rule for everything. The link to the reading material is: usapa belvoir army mil/jw2/xmldemo/r670_1/main You can view it here (, but I'll save you the trouble of

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(1) The black laces are tied diagonally around the boots, with any extra length tucked into the top of the boot and hidden under the wearer's bloused pants or slacks. [ ]

I had to look it up because I wanted to do the straight lace and it seems I can't and I don't want other people to get into trouble over it and I'm not sure how popular your site is.

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

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

David M. United States of America, September 2004

Whether there are an odd or even number of eyelets, straight lacing makes it so that you rarely, if ever, have to tie the laces. You can either leave them tied behind the tongue of the shoe (if the number of eyelets is odd) or tuck them inside the shoe (even if the number of eyelets is odd). One can, with practice and luck, get the shoe to fit snugly without being uncomfortable, allowing for easy on and off.

– Oren H (June 2004)

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

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

If there is a wide gap in the laces, I use a different technique that I find to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing (eliminating the so-called background mess associated with the "European" style).

Tyrrell P. , Dec-2003