Tighten Up Your Laces! 33 Different Ways to Tie Your Shoes

by Shea Gunther

As Ian Fieggen says on his popular shoe lacing site, there are more than two trillion ways to lace your average shoe. Ian picked out some of the more logical variations out of that pool of possibility and did a great job of illustrating 33 of them on his site (seriously, this guy really loves shoe laces).

Here are a few lacing methods that might be a good fit for your shoes or boots.

Hiking/Biking Lacing

This style of lacing is good for both hiking and biking because it puts the knot away to the side and outside of the shoe where it’s less likely to get snagged on brush or bike cranks and gears. Ian shows a few variations that you can use depending on if you’re focusing more of your time hiking or biking.

Ladder Lacing

Ladder lacing is popular with paratroopers and ceremonial guards though it’s also a good choice for hikers who like their boots cranking tight. Ladder lacing boots are actually a little harder to tighten than other styles, but once you get them tight they stay that way longer due to the overlapping lacing. If you have military or combat boots now and aren’t using ladder lacing, you might want to try it out.

Riding Boot Lacing

Riding boot lacing is great for both motorcycle and equestrian boots. It’s designed to tie in the middle of the laces with the lacing starting at both the top and bottom of the boot.

Hidden Knot Lacing

Hidden knot lacing is a great lace for both dress shoes and sneakers and creates a unique straight lace look. I remember when I was in elementary school and seeing a kid walking around with his shoes laced up with hidden knot laces and thinking it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

Footbag Lacing

Serious practitioners of the art of the footbag, aka hacky sack, swear by the footbag lacing style. This method leaves the bottom of the lacing open in order to give the hacky sacker better control over the hacky sack.

Those are just a handful of the many lacing techniques found over at Ian’s website. Click over and find your own lacing style. While you’re there you might also enjoy Ian’s guide for bi-color lace lacing and ways to lace up boots with lugs instead of eyelets.

Thanks to Resole Americas own Carolyn for sending over a link to Ian’s great site, via Crookedbrains.net

Photo credit: mrenazmi/Flickr

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