How To Get No Show Shoelaces
For those who like to simply tie their shoes and go, the idea of how to get no show shoelaces as a fashion statement might seem a bit odd. But more people are paying more attention to their feet, the kinds of shoes they wear, and, yes, how those shoes are laced. The standard method of lacing your shoes involves the laces lying crossed over each other on top of the tongue of the shoe. The laces are very visible when laced in this manner. However, some people prefer a method of lacing that makes the laces less prominent or even partially hidden. Some also prefer to hide the finishing bow or knots.
One way to hide your shoelaces is to use a lacing technique called Army Lacing. This does not completely hide the laces, but it allows the sides of the shoe to come together over them, making the crossed laces less prominent.
To lace your shoes the Army Lacing way, you will need:
- Shoes you wish to re-lace
- Laces of your choice
- Remove the existing laces. If the shoes are already laced up, pull out the laces and start over.
- Create the bottom "bar." When lacing shoes in the traditional manner, the bottom bar of the lace is place so that the lace ends pass through the eyelets from the front to the back, or from the outside of the shoe to the inside. For Army Lacing, you will insert them the opposite way, with the lace ends passing from under the uppers to the outside of the shoe. The lace should make a straight "bar" from one eyelet to the other, with the lace partially covered on either side by the uppers.
- Lace up the shoe. Continue to lace the shoes, inserting the laces through the eyelets from underneath the edges of the uppers. As you lace up the shoes, vertical bars will appear between every other eyelet, and the X's will be placed so that the uppers partially cover them on either side.
- Tie your shoe. When you have completed lacing the shoe, tie the remaining laces. You can tie them behind the tongue if you do not wish the lace ends to show, or simply tuck the ends down inside your shoes.
Army Lacing not only partially hides the laces of your shoes, but also provides more flexibility for the movement of your foot. This lacing method became common for lacing army boots because the material of these boots tends to be very stiff. If your shoes are naturally very flexible, you might wish to use another lacing method.