Lacing Shoes

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 we learned as a kid, never experimenting with other styles. Because, after all, who would think to try different styles of laces?

Well, there are many interesting ways to tie your laces. And here’s just one example of a cool way to lace your shoes.

Straight bar lacing (aka Lydiard lacing)

Straight bar lacing, also known as Lydiard lacing, provides a very comfortable shoe fit. In fact, they’re even named after the famous running coach Arthur Lydiard.

How to do straight shoelaces

Here’s how to tie shoelaces using the straight bar lacing method:

1. Start with your shoelaces straight along the outside of the shoe and thread the lace through the bottom eyelets.

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2. Run your left shoelace tip along the inside of the shoe, thread through the next eyelet, and then across on the outside to the adjacent eyelet on the right and thread back into your shoe.

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3. Repeat this process with the right shoelace. 

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4. Continue with this process by alternating the laces up the inside and across the outside until complete.

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5. For a clean sleek finish tie your shoes without the laces showing by tying a small knot inside the shoe behind the tongue or use the Kicks No-Tie Shoelace System or one of Kicks Shoelace Tips.

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The straight bar lacing technique in this guide can be done using all our laces. No matter what your shoelace needs are, we have you covered. Check out our store and browse our collection of flat shoelaces and no-tie shoelaces.


Frequently asked questions

How to do bar laces?

Bar laces are incredibly practical but can be a real nuisance to get on each morning. Luckily, there is a simple trick you can use to tie bar laces with ease.

The first thing you need to do is lay out your shoe. Next, take the lace coming from the top of your shoe and cross it over the mid-section of your shoe. After this, pull the two pieces of lace tight enough so they stay in place without you having to hold them there.

Now here's where things start to get interesting: follow the left side of both loops around until they meet back at their starting point near your foot. Once you have done this, take one end and place it under the loop that is closest to your foot. Then, tie a simple knot with both ends of these cords.

To finish up, all you need to do is tighten the final knot until it feels secure on your foot. If done properly, you should be left with two loops at your ankles. Repeat on the other side to get even lacing!

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What is Lydiard lacing?

What is Lydiard lacing?

Lydiard lacing is a type of boot lacing that will give you a tight and secure fit. It is especially useful if you want to make sure your boots stay put when skiing or snowboarding.

This way of tying laces has been named after its creator and designer, Peter Lydiard, who tied the first pair during his time as a ski racer in New Zealand.

The lacing can be used for both alpine skiing and Nordic skiing, although it is more popular among alpine skiers because Nordic boots don't need such a tight-fitting technique.

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