For dress shoes, it is conventional for the shoe laces to run straight across. This is a very easy way to lace your shoes and gives a sleek and professional look. As displayed by this Ted Baker pair, this simple design can be made more interesting by adding in a contrasting lace, either for the whole shoe or one row.
Additionally, this way of lacing allows you to tie a bow at the tongue, if that’s your style, or you can carry on to the top and tuck in the rest of the lace.
The most popular lacing pattern is standard cross lacing. This is where the lace starts at the bottom of the, crosses over and threads through the top of the eyelet, as displayed by this pair of boots from Timberland and these by Converse.
This design is usually used for boots and trainers, as it is most convenient for customising for the best fit. Also, it gives support for the whole foot as runs the whole length to make them most secure.
In terms of customising, the crossed shoe lace can be made as loose or as tight as you like. It is definitely a statement to lace boots loosely, giving them an edgier look.
Similarly to the straight lace, you can change the top of the lace to tie at the ankle, or tuck them into the shoe for a cleaner look.
It is easy to play about with shoe laces in order to mix up the look as they can be completely tailored to the individual. Bringing in a bright colour to an other wise plain shoe or with the pattern of the laces themselves is a perfect way to add interest to your footwear in a subtle way.
Written by Lottie King