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

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

Comments (53)

  1. Sven, you are teaching everything that my dad did not. You have filled that role in my life where I feel competent and confident. My style has improved so much by listening to your advice and directions. Whenever I want to learn the correct way of doing something that pertains to men's gentlemenly fashion, I always always go back to your videos. I've benefited so much and I thank you.

  2. Brilliant. Love the tweed jacket with the shooter's shoulder patch. When should a person where those types of jackets?

  3. Does the same procedure hold true when you are lacing dress shoes where the eyelets are on 2 separate '"flaps" (like Calvin Klein Dress shoes)? In this video, the shoe is made where the piece right below the lowest eyelets is secured down.

  4. Thanks. Actual lacing starts at 2:12

  5. Haha watched this, looked down at my shoes and was like "uh oh!" so relaced them on the spot. Looking better now! Thanks a bunch Raphael

  6. Barring shoelaces was a trend on skate shoes…it really does suit Oxfords the best

  7. I have dealt with high end shops here in Toronto and not one of them troubled themselves to correct or show me the correct way to lace shoes. And my shoes are all in the $500 + range. Your advice is priceless and not in the least condescending. Your videos are inspiring. Thank you.

  8. you rock Raffaele!

  9. Pure Genius on the knot after lacing. I have found my default knot for tying my shoes.

  10. Really helpful…easy to do.😊

  11. Weird… I actually used to lace my sneakers like this back in middle school.

  12. Form should follow function. If your best argument for bar lacing is aesthetics, yet you think other styles show "everybody that you don't know what you're doing," (@1:27) then you're just being a pedantic, judgemental snob who mistakes personal preferences for Rules of Style.

    In another video, you'll tell us equally smugly that diagonal lacing on Oxfords is just sprezzatura, right?

  13. Thank you so much. I watched 2 other videos and still couldn't get it done until I watched you do it.

  14. That's a shame I'm in my mid 50's and just learning how to lace up a pair of Oxfords 🙁

  15. Great chart on the right hand side…makes it so easy and repeatable.

  16. You thread it like a bow-tie, yup! But you can also think of it as doing the second knot (with the loops instead of the single lace) in the opposing direction as the first (ie thread the left side on top instead of the right). Both will achieve the same result. With open lace, sometimes it’s worthwhile to loop the final eyelet outside in to get that chevron pattern and do the loop closest to the side of the tongue. Make sure you have enough clearance for the knot to show.

  17. The laces should cross over underneath.

  18. Good job on your videos. Very informative. Thank you!!

  19. Thank you, very informative

  20. Still don’t get it. Totally confused. Can’t see when you switch laces, and you don’t say when to change.

  21. Straight laces are for Dr Martens or combat boots.

  22. As a suggestion may I offer; the Berluti knot to finish. The know offers resistance to coming undone, as well as a flatter, closer to the surface appearance. It also has the benefit of always laying flat and even to the right and left.

  23. I currently have my Allen Edmonds strand oxfords laced using the ladder method. Is this or some of the other lacing techniques acceptable? Love the videos!

  24. wenn sich schnürsenkel lösen, dann weil man einen alte-frauen knoten statt einen schnürsenkelknoten macht 😉

  25. I have an easier way. My dress "shoes" are western-style boots that look like patent leather. No laces to hassle with.

  26. I use the Berlutti method of shoe tying—

  27. Hi Sven love you videos,very helpful.
    Could you please suggest me some good Balmoral shoes under a budget? Say INR 5K,in India.thanks

  28. Awesome Video please do more on shoes.

  29. I can’t find the diameter of the round shoe laces

  30. Thank you so much. Have you ever use the Berluti Knot Method?

  31. There is a better way that keeps your laces tight and symmetrical and the sides of your shoe, even . Your method looks slightly sloppy, sorry to say.

  32. Thanks for resolving the problem of bar-lacing shoes with an odd number (five) of eyelets. Very helpful.

  33. When I search YouTube for “how to do…” I hope to find a video that dives straight in to showing me how. The pre talk is fine but it’d be nice if in the description there’s a timestamp for people that want to dive right in. For anyone else wondering where the how to starts.. 2:20

  34. If you have your laces flopping around and hanging to low , you just look like a scruffy spaz. Same applys sneakers.

  35. Thanks Sven!! I feel more professional already. Can’t wait to see more of your videos.

  36. Mystery solved !!! I extend a formal thank you for the lacing lesson

  37. In my high school,all my friends were using super trendy sporty sneaker.
    But i always used oxford shoes and pantofel daily during my high school year


  39. What is wrong with his face, I feel the urge to punch it

  40. My mother-in-law taught me how to tie my shoes that way and it CHANGED MY LIFE.

  41. Need 2 different lengths to make up for the wrap-around when tying the knot.

  42. Thank you Mr. Schneider, this is the video where the both lacing and tieing the shoes finally clicked.

  43. Thank you so much, mr 👏

  44. "derby" is pronounced <DAR-by>

  45. How about hiding the the long ends in your shoe?

  46. F the drummer !!!!

  47. Why not use a berluti knot? They do not untie.

  48. Lol, thank you for letting me know I didn't know what I was doing!😆

  49. THANK YOU. Exactly what I needed.

  50. Now I know why I wear bedroom slippers all the time.

  51. Use the Berluti knot, not the Parisian knot.

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