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How to Straight Bar Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace


G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s video is about Straight Bar Lacing, so named because it forms a series of straight horizontal bars across the shoe. Although some people think it’s like the vertical bars of a prison cell, but, you can make up your own mind about that. It’s also known as “Lydiard Lacing”, named after the legendary running coach Arthur Lydiard, who recommended it for reducing pressure on the upper ridge of the foot. In fact, if you compare it to something like … Straight European, which also has straight sections, but it’s got this underlying zig-zag, now those underlying bits are obviously what’s going to be pressed into the foot. So … having … no underlying sections makes it a bit more comfortable, not to mention looking more uncluttered, it … a lot of people use this on dress shoes or, just on sneakers, ‘cos, hey, it look pretty cool! So … That’s what it looks like, let’s see how it’s laced. I’ve got us set up here on a simple sneaker. And … you can see I’ve started already with the lacing running straight across the bottom and in through both bottom eyelets. Now we begin with one end. I’m taking the left end and running it straight up the inside and out through the next higher eyelet. Then I continue straight across the shoe and in through the adjacent eyelet. Now the idea is we’ve got both ends on the same side and we can run straight up the inside, straight across the outside, straight up the inside, straight across the outside, and so forth if you’ve got more eyelets. So I’ll take the lowest end, go straight up two eyelets, and out through the first … vacant eyelet. Again … this one goes in through there, so up two, and again, out through the first vacant eyelet. Now we run straight across on the outside, and in through the adjacent eyelet. Again, straight across the outside, and in through the adjacent eyelet. I’ll just neaten that up there. Now here, we once again go straight up the inside, and out through the first vacant eyelet. Again, straight up one … two … out through the first vacant eyelet. Straight across on the outside, in through the adjacent eyelet. And now that we’re at the top of the shoe, we can simply complete it by … straight up and out through the top eyelet. Here, I’m tying it off with my world’s fastest shoelace knot, but you can use any knot you like. And that’s it: Straight Bar Lacing. Now you’ll notice – see how I’ve got quite a long loose end there? In fact, if I compare it to Criss Cross Lacing, the ends are … substantially longer. I usually find the total end length is about 15 or 20 percent longer on typical shoes. So it’s something to bear in mind when you use Straight Bar Lacing, it uses up less shoelace than Criss Cross Lacing, so you’ll end up with longer ends. That’s great if your normal ends are a bit too short, you can simply re-lace it with Straight Bar Lacing and you’ll have slightly longer ends. Now, a couple of other points. I’ll just show you this on my … Windows … on my website. This is Ian’s Shoelace Site, which, if I animate the Straight Bar Lacing, you’ll see it goes straight across, straight up, straight across, straight up, straight across, straight up, straight across, and finish. Now that’s on a shoe with eight pairs of eyelets. Here it is on six … four … or two pairs of eyelets. And the reason I haven’t shown it on any ODD numbers of eyelet pairs … is … that that’s a real problem. Here’s a shoe with seven pairs of eyelets, and … you can see that when it’s finished, well, what have we got? We’ve got … both ends sort of ending up at the same point. So, do we … run a diagonal or do we run that and then … they don’t meet? Here I’ll show you … on my iPhone app, I’ve got a few workarounds. So this one I’ve just simply decided, look, let’s … forget the bottom pair of eyelets so we’ll pretend it’s only a shoe with six pairs of eyelets. Here we’ve actually run a single diagonal across the bottom. You can do that at the top as well. Here we’ve got a single crossover … at the bottom. Here we’ve cut the lace at the bottom and got one end tied off at the bottom-left (oops!) and one end tied off at the bottom-right. Here we’ve got … two passes across the second-from-bottom eyelet. And again, a double-pass with this one sort of looped under before it proceeds up. This variation has both ends coming out through the top-left eyelet and then across the top. When you’ve got that tied you’ll effectively have a double-pass at the top there. And this final variation, what I’ve done is simply laced with Straight Bar Lacing for the first six eyelets, and then finished at the top with what we call “Lock Lacing”. Lock Lacing’s a special technique for additional tightening, so, if you’re a runner and you want that additional tightening well you’ve got a … a solution built in. Anyway, that’s Straight Bar Lacing. Hope you enjoyed it! And if you want more detailed instructions, diagrams, animations, you name it, you can go to Ian’s Shoelace Site: www.fieggen.com/shoelace

Reader Comments

  1. Heck yah my friend! I was going crazy over here. It seems ease but this video made it feel easy. Thanks for the video.

  2. Trying to do straight bar lacing on a 7-eyelet size 12 shoe turns out looking like shit no matter what

  3. I can't believe I'm just now deciding to look this up as I washed all my shoe' s and their laces. Couldn't quite get them laced up the same so I decided to YouTube this and wah lah! 👌 Thank you so much for this video and it's so easy to follow compared to some of the other ones I had to skip over. Great stuff thanks ! 😉👍🏼👏

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! My feet are shaped stupidly and I have all sorts of shoe/foot issues. I’ve been using the lock lacing for years to prevent heel slippage. I was look for possible cause of aches across the top of my foot and one site recommended the bar lacing. Handily my current shoes have 5 eyelets so I can use the bar and lock lacings. I hope it helps!

  5. Ian bruv. How do you do the first step!? Man just jumped in after step one, like hes on Blue Peter…."Heres one i made earlier"….HOW THO!? HOW!? 😂😭🙈

  6. I have a pair of Puma with the 7 eyelets. I found, for me, the best way to finish it off is to criss cross at the top with the laces going UNDER the tag. This way when you put your foot into the shoe the tongue doesn't get shoved down into the shoe. Thanks for the video!!

  7. It was too fast at first because I was doing two things at once and just excited for the end results. When I took my time I got it down and my shoes have 7 holes each side.. great video left a like for sure..

  8. I've laced my shoes similar to this for years, but with no bow. This was on par up till 2:45. After that lace I stopped and bar laced the other lace over instead so both lace ends were inside the shoe.
    From there I would put my foot in then grab each lace and "Let it Rip!" to tighten them, then tuck the remaining lace under my heel. If I needed a tight fit, I would tie a one loop knot behind my ankle then tuck it into the back of my shoe.

  9. Great video, mate. Mind if I ask what shoe that is at the start of the video, prior to the demo? Big thanks.

  10. Hummm. This doesn't seem to work on a shoe with an odd number of eyelets. I have 7 eyelets running up each side of the shoe and I end up having to cross one of the laces over on the very top eyelet to make a bow. Dang.

  11. This is cool. Probably you can also include a shoe store on your website and in your bio where people can choose what they like and order except if your calling is only Professor of laces

  12. Mine had 6 holes, lucky me. After 6 years I looked at the end of the vid and was told it wasnt possible. Tried it 666 times.

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