Alternative Ways to Tie Your Shoes




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Bored with the average criss-cross way of tieing your shoes? Trick 'em out with these different and stylish ways to tie your shoes, and get out of the shoe tying norm.

This I'Ble also has Lacing methods.
What you need:

2 laces (you can use different colors, i didn't though.)
2 shoes

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Step 1: Lattice Lacing Method.

Here we go.

First, take the lace off of your shoe. Then, poke each end of the lace into the two bottom holes. When you're done, it should look like the picture. Try to even the two parts out. The right is grey and the left is black.
Next, take the part on the right and push it into the 3rd hole on the left. Do the opposite for the left part.
Then take the right part again and push it into the 2nd hole on the right. Do the opposite for the left.
Now take the "grey" part and push it into the 1st hole on the left. Again. do the opposite for the left.
Finally, take the "grey" part and push it into the second hole on the right. Once more, do the opposite for the left.

So now you have a pimped out shoe. Check it, dog.

If you didn't get that, try your best to follow the picture, or go to the last step of the instructable for more help.

Step 2: Knotted Lacing.

If you didn't like the previous style for your kicks, try this one. This style is better for firm and tight lacing. This is one of my favorites!

To start, poke the two tips of the lace into the two bottom holes/lugs. (my shoe has lugs)

Step two:
Then, criss cross them and take one end, put it under where the two parts intersect. Pull.(this is basically tying them together, like you're going to tie your shoes, put without the bow part.) Next, you poke the two ends in the hole that is opposite to where you first stared. Am i confusing you?

Please refer to the picture and ask questions. keep on repeating step two to finish. then, tie 'em up like normal. Enjoy your fresh new kicks!

Step 3: More Styles:

If you found these too difficult or felt i didn't explain them well, you can go to this site and find more styles, and more explanations. Thanks for checking out my instructable, rate it and comment if you liked it! Now onto the tying.

Step 4: Now That They're Laced...

We tie them! Here's the Surgeon Knot, a very secure knot. Left is "black," right is "white".

Tie a starting knot, then make the black into a loop.Take the white and put it behind the black loop, and continue it around, ending it up in front. Feed the white into the "hole" that's been made, and pull it through to make a loop out of the white side. Wrap the white loop around the black again, so it ends up in front again. Feed whitey through the hole a second time, and pull. It should look like the picture.

Step 5: Secure Shoelace Knot

This one is my favorite, and i paired it with the knotted lacing. I love it because it's secure, and it make my shoes snuggly, because there's so much cushioning inside. Let's start.

Make a starting knot and make both ends into loops. You might have heard of these as being "bunny ears". Now criss-cross the loops, and wrap the one around the other once to make it in front. Do that to the other loop, but it should end up in the back. now pull tight. It should look something like the picture.

Step 6: Reef Knot!

This one is kinda weird and unusual, so here goes.

Make a starting knot. Cross the two parts, Wrap the right end around the other, so it ends up in front. Do the same for the other end, and pull it tight. It should end up like this.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Enjoy your new knots and lacing, you can find more ways to tie you laces on this site, i hop you find one that you like! Thanks.

Now you can walk all over town with your awesome shoes.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    I was messing around with my laces and came up with a style that I like.
    I haven't seen it anywhere which makes me think I invented it. Reply if you are interested in an i'ble.

    Pentagram Laces.jpg
    6 replies

    Looks kinda like the star of david (apart from the fact that this star has 5 and the star of david has 6)


    You could probably modify the technique if you want a star of David with a ring around it, there is a different hexagram pattern here.

    I will start taking pics for my i'ble tomorrow.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    The square knot is actually called a reef knot.

    The Who95

    9 years ago on Step 7

    It was a good start, but try to get better lighting on the actual laces.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     lol i have my shoes like that too i made an instructable a while back on how to do it


    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you want a three bowed tie simply get one of the long bits after normal tieing and stick it through the knot.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    about 2 years ago I went to the side you gave ( Ians shoelace site) and I have never tied my shoes the same since the way most people tie their shoes (bunny around the tree and in the hole or whatever) is horrible compared to those:)