5 fun and creative ways to tie your shoes

5 fun and creative ways to tie your shoes

Are your cool pair of sneakers missing a personal touch? Or do they seem a bit boring overtime? We hear you! Just simply tie your laces completely different than everyone else and your shoes will look way more personal and unique. “Huh”, you might say? Well, there are actually quite a few ways to tie your shoes, from which we hand-picked the 5 most fun ones right here.


- Sant to see the shoe lacing tutorials in full action? Check out the video below! -

1. Straight bar lacing style

The straight bar lacing style works perfectly for shoes with an even number of eyelet pairs. This is because the shoelace must cross the shoe an even number of times so the ends meet in the middle and can be tied together.

The pattern itself provides a very clean appearance and easy tightening ability. 

  1. Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends down
  2. Pull both ends to make sure the shoelace ends are even
  3. Run the left end straight up on the inside, then straight across the outside
  4. Run both ends straight up the inside, each skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up
  5. Repeat the last two steps until you reach the last eyelets
Straight bar lacing style

2. Ladder lacing style

Although the ladder lacing style is harder than the first one, this pattern is one of the most effective ways to get stability and support. It stays very tight and even gives a bit of a distinctive look depending on what kind of shoes you are wearing. Especially for high boots with many eyelets (such as hiking boots), this is your go-to look!

  1. Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends down
  2. Pull both ends to make sure the shoelace ends are even
  3. Run the ends straight up the sides and through the next (higher) set of eyelets
  4. Run the ends straight across, but under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side
  5. Continue running straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets
  6. Repeat the last two steps until you reach the last eyelets
Ladder lacing style

3. One handed lacing style

The one handed lacing concept is ideal for shoes with either small eyelets or fat shoelaces. It is very easy (especially compared to the ladder lacing style mentioned above) and is a bit looser than other lacing styles. 

  1. Tie up a stopper-knot at the top corner of the shoe with one shoelace end
  2. Run the un-knotted end from inside the other top eyelet and pull it through until the knot snugs against the eyelet
  3. Zig-zag the shoelace through the eyelets down to the bottom of the shoe
  4. Tuck the loose end into the lacing to avoid stepping on it
Onehand Lacing 03

4. Cross lacing style

The cross lacing style is a fun and creative way to tie your shoes.

  1. Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends up
  2. Cross the ends on the outside and run them through the top set of eyelets
  3. Start tying them normally on top of the cross, from the top to the bottom of the shoe
  4. Tuck the loose end into the lacing to avoid stepping on it
Cross Lacing 04

5. Lattice lacing style

The lattice lacing style is a very popular and decorative look, yet mistakes during the process are easily made. So make sure to pay close attention to the video below!

  • Insert the shoelace into the first eyelets with the ends up
  • Cross the ends on the outside and run them through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe
  • Run both ends straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets
  • Cross the ends on the outside and run them through the set of eyelets three rows lower down the shoe
  • Run both ends straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets
Lattice Lacing 05

Extra tip: in case you have one set of eyelets extra, you can choose to skip the pair in the middle and run your shoelaces through the set of eyelets four rows higher up and down instead of three.

Watch the tutorials on video

Ready to spice up your shoes even more?

Another detail that can make your sneakers look completely different, is by coloring up your sneakers with colored laces. Regardless if you want fine or thick round laces, there are plenty colors to choose from: red, bright orange, neon pink… so which color will you pick? You can easily find the whole range in your nearest MISTER MINIT shop!