Types of Shoelaces


Types of Shoelaces

A quick low-down on shoelaces

There are 37 different methods to tie your shoelaces, surprising, isn’t it? Few of them are as follows:



Straight Lacing: another common one, the laces move straight horizontally


Easy Lacing: a simple version of straight lacing, it gives a neat look


Bar Lacing: a variation of straight lacing, the laces eliminate diagonals underneath

Criss-Cross Lacing:  the most common way wherein laces criss-cross each other



Display Lacing: inside-outside variation of criss-cross lacing


Over-Under Lacing: used to reduce friction, the laces cross over and under each other

Gap Lacing: used to relieve pressure, the laces cross over, creating gap at sensitive areas

Saw-tooth Lacing: here underneath sections are pulled at the steep angle



Spider Web Lacing: the laces form a vertical and diagonal web shaped pattern


Biking Lacing: it keeps the knots at the side


Bow Tie Lacing: laces cross on the upside of the shoe while run straight inside, forming a bow-tie pattern

Shoe Shop Lacing: first end runs from the bottom end to the top one, whereas second one zigzags


Train Track Lacing: laces run straight inside, forming a train track pattern


Zipper Lacing: laces are locked on every eyelet pair forming a zipper

Ladder Lacing: the laces form a horizontal and vertical ladder shaped pattern
Hash Lacing: resembles a hash symbol by running 3-step forward, 1-step backward

Double Cross Lacing: laces run 3-step forward inside, 1-step backward outside
Double Back Lacing: the laces run down the shoe firstly, then doubles the shoes’ back-up
Double Helix Lacing: laces angle one way on the upside while other way inside
Army Lacing: inside outside variation of bow-tie lacing

Lattice Lacing: the laces cross steeply wherein they are woven via each other
Hidden Knot Lacing: the knots are hidden inside the shoes, forming just straight bars upside
Riding Boot Lacing: laces form zigzag pattern on the ends and finally tied in the centre
One Handed Lacing: no need to tie knots here as one of the ends is kept loose

Hexagram Lacing: the laces form a hexagram on the upside
Segmented Lacing: laces are segmented and tied up either loosely or firmly
Twistie Lacing: twists the laces together forming vertical knot at every crossover
Roman Lacing: the laces form a X-I-X-I pattern on the upside



The Images and Style are derived from a beautiful website namely “Ian’s ShoeLace Site“. You would love to explore even more style and method with animation there. we appreciate the Ian’s hard work.

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