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4 Creative Ways to Tie Your Shoes

With a new pair of sneakers come the chance to learn how to tie your shoes in new creative ways. You get a new pair of shoes, slip them onto your feet, lace them up, and head out the door. We almost never think about how we tie our shoes—we just do it, right? Think again! There are a few different ways to tie your shoes in a fresh, eye-catching way. We’ll show you how! 

The Classic Method for Tying Your Shoes

The crisscrossed way of lacing up your shoes is beloved for good reason—you can never go wrong with a classic. When you unpack your men's sneakers or women's sneakers, you’ll find that this is how we’ve laced them up. Our video and step by step guide will show you how to tie your shoes in this traditional way.

How to Tie Your Shoes Step by Step Guide:

  1. Simply thread the laces alternatively and diagonally through the eyelets.

  2. At the end, tie the laces into a bow, OR:

  3. On the last eyelet, thread the lace from the outside towards the inside, and then:

  4. Tie the laces behind the shoe’s tongue and tuck them into the shoe for a cool “hidden” look.

    Check out our shoelaces that will add a fresh style and pop of color to your favorite casual sneakers.


How to Tie Your Shoe Laces in Parallel

With this technique for tying your shoes, your laces will run parallel to each other across the sneaker. This look is perfect for elegant shoes or minimalist sneakers.

Step by Step Guide for Parallel Laces:

  1. Start with a completely unlaced shoe. Then, starting with the shoe’s bottom eyelets, lace directly across from the outside towards the inside.

  2. On the left side, skip one eyelet and pull the lace from the inside towards the outside (in the 3rd eyelet.)

  3. Take the right lace and pull it through the second eyelet—from the inside towards the outside. Then, pull it straight across through the second loop on the left side, threading from the outside towards the inside.

  4. Then, staying on the same side of the shoe, skip the 3rd eyelet. Thread the lace through the 4th eyelet from the inside towards the outside.

  5. Repeat on the opposite side.

  6. Finally, either hide the ends of the laces or tie them into a bow.


How to Tie Your Shoes “Army” Style

To tie your shoes with this unique technique, they’ll need to have at least six eyelets. To make this look even cooler, opt for laces that are a different color than the shoes themselves. Our Lace Box is a great way to get this pop of color. The box includes two different lace color options that can be used in our footwear, including both men's vegan shoes and women's vegan shoes.

Instructions for Tying Your Shoes “Army” Style:

  1. Start with the very bottom set of two eyelets.

  2. Pull the lace through both bottom eyelets from the inside towards the outside.

  3. Then, in the next eyelet up on each sides, pull the lace through from the outside towards the inside.

  4. Pull the right lace through the tongue’s loop, and then pull it directly through the eyelet on the left side.

  5. Then, pull the lace through the top eyelet—from the outside towards the inside.

  6. Repeat on the other side.

Achieve Criss Crossed Laces

This variation of how to tie your shoes is both fun and casual. Lacing your shoes with this criss crossed pattern is especially great for giving some special pep to your everyday sneakers. Even though it might look complicated, don’t worry—it’s easy to do!

Step by Step Guide for Criss Crossed Shoes:

  1. Start with the very bottom set of two eyelets. Pull the lace through both bottom eyelets from the inside towards the outside.

  2. Take the left lace and pull it across the shoe. From the outside in, pull the lace through the 3rd eyelet. Then, on the same side and with the same lace, pull through the 2nd eyelet from the inside towards the outside.

  3. Pull the same lace across the shoe, and lace through the 4th eyelet from the outside towards the inside.

  4. Repeat on the right side.

Find the Perfect Fit with Giesswein

There are a number of vital factors that go into making your shoes fit comfortably, and how you tie your shoes is just one. Understanding how sneakers should fit is the first step in achieving everyday comfort. If you’ve picked up a new pair of shoes and find them a little tight, you could benefit from learning how to stretch your sneakers. With your new lacing skills and knowledge on how to pick the perfect fit, you’ll enjoy your Giesswein shoes the moment you slip them on!

Giesswein Sustainable Footwear

We create ultra comfortable footwear from sustainable material. Our men’s slippers and women’s slippers will keep you warm and cozy in virgin wool. Whilst our sneakers are crafted from merino wool, eucalyptus, and vegan leather.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead, try out these new lace techniques on your Merino RunnersMerino Wool Knit or Wool Cross X.