How to Lace Shoelaces- Bar Style

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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

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Step 1: The Bottom

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

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

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...

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    74 Discussions

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    Alexander Wiley
    Alexander Wiley

    7 years ago on Step 3

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

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    saxmaster765
    saxmaster765

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    mg0930mg
    mg0930mg

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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)
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    DJ Radio
    DJ Radio

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    DJ Radio
    DJ Radio

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    • 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...

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    mg0930mg
    mg0930mg

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    DJ Radio
    DJ Radio

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, but what if your shoes dont have straps?

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    mg0930mg
    mg0930mg

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I have my other shoes that don't have straps

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    FeebleReaper
    FeebleReaper

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    DJ Radio
    DJ Radio

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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=]]]])

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    DJ Radio
    DJ Radio

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    erikos kostarikos
    erikos kostarikos

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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