How to Lace Dress Shoes

We've got your back for your next formalwear event with a comprehensive guide to lacing dress shoes. Learn how to tie lace-up dress shoes in a snap with an easy-to-use guide to different styles of lacing. So grab your bow tie and your best pair of men's dress shoes or women's lace-up ankle boots. It's time to get ready to look amazing.

A brown leather Oxford shoe laced in the criss-cross style.

 

How to tie dress shoes: the basic criss-cross?

One of the simplest methods is the classic guide idea of how to lace a men’s dress shoe: the criss-cross. Your shoes probably came with this lacing style, but if you need to replace the laces, here's how to do criss-cross lacing:

  1. Start at the bottom eyelets, the ones closest to your shoe's toes, and insert either end of the lace from the top of the eyelet. Pull the lace taut, keeping the ends as even as possible.

  2. With the toe of the shoe facing your body, pull the right-hand lace-end through the next eyelet on the left-hand side, feeding from the top to the bottom. Do the same with the left-side lace, pulling it from the topside of the next right-side eyelet to the underside.

  3. Repeat step 2 until you run out of eyelets.

 

 

How to lace dress shoes with a straight bar look?

The Straight Bar lacing technique is a type of lacing that looks good whether you're looking up "how to lace up dress shoes 3 eyelets" or "how to lace dress shoes 6 eyelets." Learn how to tie straight lace dress shoes on your Oxford shoes:

  1. With the toe of your shoe facing you, start at the bottom two eyelets. Pass either end of the laces from the top of the eyelet, ending with the laces underneath the upper.

  2. You'll be working with eyelet pairs for this style. Take the right lace and come up from underneath the second eyelet on the right side. Pull the lace through the second eyelet on the left side, pulling from the top to the bottom.

  3. Take the left lace and come up from underneath the third eyelet on the left side. Pull the lace through the third eyelet on the right side, pulling from the top to the bottom.

  4. Continue this lacing method, switching laces with each eyelet pair. Both laces will be pulled through the same side of the shoe before switching to the other side.

  5. When you come to the last set of eyelets, pull the first side through as normal. If you have an odd number of eyelets, pull the remaining lace through the opposite-side eyelet, crossing the tongue to do so. If you have an even number of eyelets, pull the remaining lace through the same side, one hole above.

 

 

How to lace up dress shoes for extra flair?

If you're looking for "the right way" to lace your Men's Belanger EK+ Waterproof Chukka Boots, there's not a single correct answer. If you need to know how to lace 3 hole dress shoes, how to lace dress shoes 4 holes, and more, we can give you plenty of suggestions. Add extra flair with ease by doing the knotted lace look.

  1. Pull the lace straight across the bottom eyelets, feeding up from the bottom.

  2. Pull the laces diagonally across the shoe, twist them once around each other like you're tying a knot, and pull them through the same side they came from, feeding up from the bottom. (The right end of your laces will always be feeding through the eyelets on the right. The left end of your laces will always feed through the left.)

  3. Continue this lacing pattern until you run out of eyelets. You should always be feeding the laces up from the underside of the eyelets.

 

Closeup of a brown Oxford shoe laced with flat laces.

 

Making your shoelaces a part of your look

From "what size laces for dress shoes" to "flat laces vs round laces" there are plenty of ways to vary your look. You can vary your color, size, and style along with your lacing technique to give your dress shoes and dress boots your own personal touch. We offer a variety of shoelaces to get you started.

If you're looking to get creative with your lacing style, our extra-long laces are perfect for boots with lots of eyelets or for complicated lacing weaves. If you're looking into how to lace dress shoes with 2 eyelets, lean on the shorter side, so you don't have too much extra length.

Our durable laces stand up against fraying, so you can pull them tight without worrying about friction. Keep your dress shoes looking sharp, even if you wear them daily.

It isn't hard to add a personal touch to your dress shoes. Laces are easy to swap out, so you can always choose a new pair if the old pair starts getting boring. Experiment with lacing methods to find which one offers the most comfortable fit.