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 as we learned as a kid, never experimenting with other styles. 

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

Straight bar 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.

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


The straight bar lacing technique in this guide can be done using all our laces. Check out our store and browse our collection of shoelaces and no-tie shoelaces.

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