Lacing techniques for school shoes
By Alex Brooks |
School shoe laces

There are a number of lacing techniques available which can customise the fit of the shoe to your child's foot, and good quality shoe store staff will show you some of the various lacing techniques, including:

  • Criss crossed traditional lacing style

Best for comfort with the crossovers of lace occuring in the gap between the sides of the shoe. To do this style, the lace is run straight across the bottom eyelets and the ends emerge through both bottom eyelets. The ends are then crossed over each other, then fed under the sides to emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe. Repeat these steps until the lace comes out of the top.
  • Over and under lacing style

This method reduces friction, making the lacing easier to tighten and loosen. By alternating crossovers on the outside and on the inside, the laces don't rub across the edges of the shoes, which reduces wear and tear on both the shoe and the laces. To lace shoes in this style, the lace is run straight across the bottom and the ends are fed in through both bottom eyelets. The ends are crossed under (on the inside) and emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.

The ends are crossed over (on the outside) and are fed in through the next set of eyelets up the shoe. Repeat the action, alternating between crossing under or crossing over, until both ends reach the top eyelets.
  • Straight lacing style

With straight bars appearing on the top of the lacing and running diagonally on the inside, this style looks very neat but is messy underneath. The lace is run straight across the bottom and the ends are fed in through both bottom eyelets.The right end is crossed diagonally on the inside and emerges through the next eyelet up the shoe, then continues straight across on the outside and is fed in through the eyelet on the opposite side. The left end is crossed diagonally on the inside at a steeper angle, skipping past one eyelet to emerge through the next empty eyelet up the shoe. It then continues straight across on the outside and is fed in through the eyelet on the opposite side.
  • Bow tie lacing style

This method "lengthens" shoe laces because it consumes the least amount of lace, so is perfect for when laces have broken off and mum hasn't had time to get to the shop. The laces cross over on the outside and run vertically on the inside, forming a "bow-tie" outline. The lace is run straight across the bottom and the ends emerge through both bottom eyelets. The ends are then crossed over on the outside and are fed in through the next set of eyelets up the shoe. Both ends are run straight up the inside and emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe, introducing a gap which forms the bow tie shape.

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