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Straight Across “Bar” Lacing

The straight across, or “straight bar”, lacing technique looks great on a wide body sneaker like the New Balance 574s, Asics Gel Lyte and Yeezy style shoes (it also looks great on a pair of dress shoes or wing tips).

This post contains a video tutorial and image / written step by step guide to lacing your sneakers straight across.

We’ll be using a pair of New Balance 574s with our rope laces in the demo (this technique works best with sneakers with an even number of eyelets).

Step One:

  • Stretch your laces out end to end
  • Pull one end shorter, about a 75:25 ratio on the laces

Step Two:

  • Insert the tips of your laces into the bottom holes
  • Make sure you push the laces down, creating an over the top straight line from bottom hole to bottom hole

Step Three:

  • Pull one end much shorter than the other (about a 75:25 ratio)

Step Four:

  • Take one of the laces and run it all the way up the inside of the sneaker
  • Pull the lace through the top of of the sneaker
  • Make sure the lace is underneath the sneaker, so it doesn’t show on top
  • There should only be a few inches showing on top, adjust the laces accordingly

Step Five:

  • Take the long end (the other side, the one you didn’t run up through the top)
  • Run it underneath the sneaker on the same side
  • Pull it out the first hole

Step Six:

  • Take the long end (the other side, the one you didn’t run up through the top)
  • Run it over the top the sneaker to the other side
  • Pull it down the first hole on the other side

Step Seven:

  • Run the same end underneath the sneaker on the same side
  • Pull it out the second hole

Step Eight:

  • Run the same end over the top the sneaker to the other side
  • Pull it down the second hole on the other side

Step Nine:

  • Repeat this process until you’re all the way up the sneaker

Then you’re done! You’ve completed the straight bar lacing style for your shoes.

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