Introduction: How to Lace Shoelaces- Bar Style

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Hey guys, this is my instructable on how to do your shoelaces- bar style. Bar style Is a lacing method that makes your shoes look cool, and if your tongue keeps sliding off to the side, this keeps your tongue centered.........

List of cons (this comes from experience):
  • they are messy under the tongue
  • they dont work well if the tongue have elastic tongue-centering straps
  • will not fly on lug lace holes
  • They dont look good on athletic shoes

Step 1: The Bottom

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To work on the bottom, first make a bar below as shown in picture 1. Then lace an uneven cross below the tongue as shown in picture 2. Bring the laces up over in a bar style as shown in picture 3.

Step 2: Work Your Way Up

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This is just repeating what you did in step 1. The laces will go to every other hole on the other side of the shoe, each time.

I got the finished result after repeating step 1 one time. It may be more or less depending on how many pairs of holes are on each side.

Step 3: Hints and Tips

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This step is to give you troubleshooting on lacing the shoes. It also will show you common errors people make when lacing the shoes.

Picture one is a neat diagram of the lacing style I found on Ian's shoelace site. Note that all diagonal lacing is to be under the tongue of the shoe, otherwise, you ruin the whole bar lacing effect.

Picture two is a common error most people make. Dont lace your shoes all the way, let a hole be blank, unless you have an even number of holes.

A big tip is that if your shoes have a lace loop on the middle on the tongue, dont lace through that loop...


Alexander Wiley (author)2012-06-26

Thanks Man, this was really helpful. Like the shoes too.

saxmaster765 (author)2010-08-13

I must admit, it looks a lot better on those kind of shoes, but they don't look that bad on athletic shoes.

shabagana (author)2010-08-11

what types of vans are these?

DJ Radio (author)2009-11-04

Time to celebrate:

mg0930mg (author)2008-12-07
List of cons (this comes from experience):

  • they are messy under the tongue (untrue if you do it my way)
  • they dont work well if the tongue have elastic tongue-centering straps (untrue mine have that, that I use)
  • will not fly on lug lace holes (idk)
  • They dont look good on athletic shoes (idk)
TOMNDAN (author)mg0930mg2009-09-20

i can't do it post better pics

DJ Radio (author)TOMNDAN2009-10-20

Look at the diagram on step 3.  All diagonal lacing should go under the tongue.

mg0930mg (author)TOMNDAN2009-09-21

I didn't make this....

TOMNDAN (author)mg0930mg2009-09-30

i was talking to dj radio duh

mg0930mg (author)TOMNDAN2009-09-30

Then why reply to my comment. DUH!

DJ Radio (author)mg0930mg2008-12-07
  • they are messy under the tongue- There are other ways to bar-lace shoes, this method centers the tongue
  • they dont work well if the tongue has elastic tongue-centering straps- Well, I never said its impossible, but it is more difficult, as the tongue-centering straps get in the way
  • will not fly on lug lace holes- lug lace holes are vertical, thus making the bars uneven....
  • they dont look good on athletic shoes- well, thats just my opinion, you may think the opposite...

mg0930mg (author)DJ Radio2008-12-07

Mine centers the tounge. I think it's easier to do with the straps.

DJ Radio (author)mg0930mg2008-12-07

yeah, but what if your shoes dont have straps?

mg0930mg (author)DJ Radio2008-12-07

I have my other shoes that don't have straps

FeebleReaper (author)2009-08-29

i just got a new pair of skate shoes today (osiris) so i might as well give it a try...

DJ Radio (author)FeebleReaper2009-08-30

Get nikes next time. They last forever. No seriously, I've had a pair of nikes for a year and a half, and they have nearly no wear and tear despite the fact that I use them for skating.

erikos kostarikos (author)2009-04-27

a year ago i did this too, but then i did vertical bars throgh the horizontal.
maybe i should post a photo how it looks like?
(on nike air max it looks awesome=]]]])

Lol, I have these special nikes that look tight, but they aren't 6.0 or the extremely common Air Force one models. They arent the crappy tennis shoes they make either. I was like WHAT THE? when I realized I have had the shoes for a year, and they almost look like they are new.

nice i alway get my shoes totally dead after 6 months =/
thwn i need to wait 2 months and i get new air max =D

11010010110 (author)2008-12-31

you dont need to place anything under the tongue

i blocked my air max's by myself and i dont like the shoelaces under the tongue too.
so i did it on my own way and its almost the same like urs.
but then i got the blocking ends and then your way doesnt work then=P

xACIDITYx (author)110100101102009-04-30

I did it your way; worked like a charm.

DJ Radio (author)110100101102009-01-07

I find that method not as good as mine. it can loosen easier.

funguy29467 (author)110100101102009-01-07


jillmurph16 (author)2009-05-07

:O i have vans too ! it looks amazing !

ClemensY290 (author)2009-04-14

you forgot to add you tie a not that doesnt come out on the one side

DJ Radio (author)ClemensY2902009-04-14

I didnt know you were supposed to do that.

helloworld1 (author)2009-04-02

they make my airwalks look really cool thanks

DJ Radio (author)helloworld12009-04-02

get another pair. airwalks suck.

GorillazMiko (author)2009-01-24

I got dem fr3sh k1ck5 @5 we11. 1337 sp3@k d@wg. P3@(3 0ut.

DJ Radio (author)GorillazMiko2009-01-24

101, p3@(3 /\/\@|\|!

Shadowfury (author)DJ Radio2009-01-26

1337 15 0\/3r-r@t3|). Just type normally. And, 4/5, looks great, easy, and well-written.

Radioactv Biohazard (author)2009-01-24

I ride to the mall in my Vans™

AnarchistAsian (author)2008-12-10

ok ok, fine, i admit this is pretty nice... 5stars...

DJ Radio (author)AnarchistAsian2008-12-10


happybirthday (author)DJ Radio2009-01-07

really helpful fav and sub

DJ Radio (author)happybirthday2009-01-07


AnarchistAsian (author)DJ Radio2008-12-11

but unfortunately, my old vans don't fit me anymore =-(

DJ Radio (author)AnarchistAsian2008-12-30

ah well.

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bullet-head (author)2008-12-21

cool, i learned this from the book were those pictures came from.

C1337us (author)2008-12-08

I have these exact shoes :P nice job

DrWeird117 (author)C1337us2008-12-14

Frylock and I'm on top...

DJ Radio (author)C1337us2008-12-08

Thanx. rate?

coolboy45 (author)2008-12-12

sweet look 4-5 stars

Oblivitus (author)2008-12-09

Cool, 3.5 stars.

DJ Radio (author)Oblivitus2008-12-09

thanx man......

Doctor What (author)2008-12-08

I've always wondered how to do that. Nice job!

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