How To Lace Oxfords & Dress Shoes the Proper Way & What To Avoid

Welcome! In this video, I’m going to show
you how to lace Oxfords and Dress shoes properly. One of the things that ruins the look of your
Oxford shoes that I see over and over again is improper lacing. First of all, you need
the right shoelaces. You want thin laces such as these and not thick laces like this nylon
ones. These are way too thick they’re going to look bad and they can look more like a
sneaker and not elegant men’s dress shoe. Second,you want the right length of shoelaces.
They should be about 31 inches or 80 centimeters. The most formal laces you can get are thin,
round shoelaces an alternative that is slightly more casual but still formal enough to wear
to the office is flat shoelaces. Choose what you like, they’re both fine it’s just a slightly
different look. the look you want to go for in Oxfords is what I call, Bar lacing or Parallel
lacing. here’a a perfect example of what not to do with your Oxfords. You have the crisscross
lacing and it just doesn’t really work with the silhouette of the Oxford. Historically,
it’s always been the bar lacing and lacing your Oxford that way shows everybody that
you don’t know what you’re doing. Obviously when it comes to laces, it’s not just about
the thinness and the type of lace but also at the color. If you have a white collar office
job, you want black laces with black shoes. if you want to go to a cocktail party and
mix things up a little bit, you can add grey laces or maybe red laces. The great thing
about laces is that it’s very quick to put them in, they’re very inexpensive and it’s
reversible so you can use any kind of lace with any kind of shoe to create a different
look every single time without breaking the bank. Here’s how you lace it, first, put in
the shoelace into the bottom two holes and then you pull it through. Most Oxfords you
buy have five rows of holes, if that’s the case, it’s important to have one end slightly
shorter than the other one. I will explain why in a second. If you have an even amount
of holes like four rows or six rows you can keep the ends straight, same length. I start
with the longer end and start lacing, on the same side put it in, go over to the other
with the bottom one on this side, I go through, pull it through and go to other side. You
always switch every time you’re done with one side you switch over to the other. Pull
through, lace it in and I keep going one over. This is something you have to do when the
number of rows is uneven, you cannot prevent that. When it’s even, you won’t have to go
underneath which is why you’re gonna have the same ends but ideally, your ends should
be the same length. if you end up with slightly different ends in your shoes, what you do
is you loosen the longer end slightly and then loose the second one , loose the bottom
one and pull through the shorter end so they’re both the right length. once you’re done with
that, you tie your shoe. Ideally, what you’re going for is a look that
is horizontal, just in line the bar lacing. You don’t want it to be slightly angled like
this, you want it to be straight looking. Sometime, people have issues with shoelaces
coming undone, instead of doing a chunky double knot this is what i do. I start again, regular
lacing, half knot, i create the loop and now I go once around, twice around and put the
other end through. I adjust slightly and you can see this procedure is actually very similar
to tying a bow tie. that way, I get a slim double knot that holds everything really in
place. now you can see how just simple lacing can really make or break the look of your
shoe. if you’re interested in getting high quality shoelaces such as these ones, round
and flat in 15 different colors, click here. I hope you enjoyed this video, if you do stay
tuned for our next video about how to lace Derby shoes properly. Thank you


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