Did you know there are actually two trillion different ways to lace up shoes with only six pairs of eyelets?

The one style of lacing up shoes that is most commonly known around the world, is the “criss-cross” lacing. This is also the strongest way to lace your shoes, however it doesn’t work with all types of shoes. It’s most commonly seen in sneakers and running shoes. For dress shoes, like Oxfords, the “straight lace” is better since the criss-cross method doesn’t allow the sides of the shoes to come together in the middle.

Did you also know that different shoe lacing methods have different functional benefits or purposes? Crazy, right? Think about it. Depending on your shoes or boots, you might want a tighter or a looser fitting lace. You might want to easily slip your shoes on or off with more or less lace, you might want to easily adjust your shoes, etc.

While a lot of these different lacing techniques have been developed for the comfort and ease of your footwear, others have been developed to enhance the appearance of your shoes or boots. That’s right, esthetics. And when you care about esthetics, you don’t often care about the function. One such example is called “checkerboard lacing” and is designed to look like a checkerboard with alternating patterns on each row and column. However, as you can imagine, it’s quite a process to lace your shoes like this and therefore it’s not so easy to loosen or tighten your shoes as a result. Be warned, if this is your lace of choice, you’re likely slipping on your shoes.