Army Lacing


Remember when you first learned to tie your shoes? Probably taught by your parents, right? Tying that first knot seemed really complicated at first, but it became automatic over time.

However, many of us are still lacing shoes the same way as we learned as a kid, never experimenting with new ways to tie laces.

So, with this in mind, here’s a cool way to lace shoes.

Army shoe-lacing style

Army lacing style is used by the military on combat boots because the shoe lacing style runs up the edges of the boot which reduces the risk of the laces getting caught on unwanted things.

Army lacing can be useful for skateboarders, as it prolongs the life of the laces. When skateboarders use other lacing methods, the shoelace runs across the edges of the shoe and are quickly chewed up by the grip-tape.

Army lacing eliminates those high points, so the laces don't suffer as much wear and tear. A great way for athletes and skaters is to use no-tie laces. Army lacing techniques with these types of laces will make life simpler, and drastically reduce the chances of laces coming undone or getting caught on something.

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Here’s how to do the army shoe-lacing style

1. For an even set of eyelets, thread your lace straight across the inside of the shoe and out the bottom eyelet.

new lacing techniques2. For an odd number of eyelet pairs, thread your lace straight across the outside of the shoe like normal and through the bottom eyelet.

new lacing techniques3. Then alternate a crossover thread on the inside of the shoe, each time out of the next set of eyelets.

lacing shoes methods4. Repeat until complete.

new ways of lacing shoes5. If your using no-tie-shoelaces trim and secure with a shoelace anchor. If your using normal shoelaces tie your bow inside the shoe for a clean finish.

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    Army lacing is an easy-to-do technique that only requires you to lace your shoe in one direction. It's also known as straight lacing.

    You'd think the simple act of tying your shoelaces would be straightforward, but even this most mundane of tasks can be disrupted by the vast array of different stringing methods available.

    Gone are the days of simply looping and tying; these days there's more than one way to lace up your kicks. We've seen some pretty weird ways of doing it before, but here's an effective and practical one for you: army lacing.

    As its name implies, it involves crisscrossing the shoelace as you go, which creates a series of diagonal lines from one end of your shoe to the other. It's also sometimes called 'straight lacing'.

    This is how it works:

    When tied correctly, this technique will only pull tight on the bottom set of shoelace holes – so not all of them – and will leave enough space for your feet.

    And because your laces aren't pulled tight at each eyelet along the way, army lacing makes for a more comfortable fit than regular crisscrossing patterns such as bow ties and spider’s webs.

    It can be reversed using identical steps, but with an extra twist that ensures the loops face in opposite directions. So, when you're done, just pull the loops away from each other and that's it.

    The army lacing technique in this guide can be done using all our laces.

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