× How to Lace Your Dress Shoes: A Visual Guide Use the Proper Kind of Lace Always use waxed cotton Thin Round Lace (check) Thin Flat Lace (check) Nylon Athletic Lace (X) Straightlaced or Bar Lace - Always use with Oxfords Traditional, formal style of lacing Criss-cross Lacing - Use with less formal shoes like brogues and derbies Pull lacing tight

| August 12, 2015

Last updated: October 15, 2018

Shoes, Style & Grooming, Visual Guides

How to Lace Your Dress Shoes: An Illustrated Guide

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You’ve probably never thought much about how to lace your dress shoes and I don’t blame you. I don’t think much about it either. In the list of priorities on how to dress well, your shoe laces should be near the bottom. But let’s say you’re taking care of the style fundamentals and you’d like to add a smidgen of panache to your outfit. Well, this illustrated guide will show you what sartorialists consider is the proper way to lace your dress shoes.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

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