Inserting the Straight Laces system is quick & simple. Below are How to Videos for our three primary lacing styles. For detailed step by step directions on these lacing styles, please see the written directions below the videos.

Not sure which lacing style is best for you? Check out our Tips/Style Guide on our FAQ page.

Straight Bar Lacing (Straight Lacing)

    Crisscross Lacing

      Over Under (X) Lacing

      Straight Bar Lacing (Straight Lacing)

      The following are instructions for the traditional Straight Bar lacing style.

      The key difference when straight bar lacing with Straight Laces is that the laces are woven through the shoe with only one end instead of two.

      Note: If you prefer the bracket towards the outside of the shoe (as we do)make note of how many sets eyelets there are on your shoe and preview where the T-bar will end up, so if you have a preference the bracket will end up on the side of the shoe you prefer. All shoes are different. We find the side of the shoe that usually has a little more space is the outside of the shoe, so take note before installing.

      1. Insert the T-Bar of the lace into either the right or left bottom (toe end) eyelet. The side you start on is determined by which side of the shoe you want the bracket to end up on if you have a preference. Make sure you’re inserting it from below the eyelet, so the anchor is hidden beneath the shoe once it’s inserted. 
      2. Once the T-Bar is directly under the eyelet, take the lace across to the adjacent eyelet and pull the lace from above, down into the eyelet.
      3. From below, move up to the next row and the eyelet directly above. The lace will be pulled up from underneath and out.
      4. Repeat this weaving process to create straight bars that go up each row of eyelets, until you’ve reached the top.
      5. To secure the system in place, you’ll need to insert the fastening bracket. Before you do this, adjust the tightness of the laces to make sure they have been pulled all the way through. Note: since the laces are elastic just pulling on an end will not pull out the slack. Each individual section of the lace needs to be adjusted to get the proper fit.
      6. The plastic end of the shoelace will be coming into the final eyelet from above, so the lace will end up inside the shoe. Take the fastening bracket and pull the lace through the bracket’s first hole. Push the bracket all the way down the remaining excess lace so that it’s situated flush against the inside of the shoe. Weave the lace down into the second hole leaving it loose. Then carefully pull the lace through the last hole, again leaving it loose.
      7. Slip your foot into your shoe to check the fit. Adjust the laces as needed. Once you feel you have the perfect fit, make sure the fastening bracket is resting against the inside of your shoe and tighten the lace into the second and third bracket holes.
      8. Last, cut the lace. If you want to be careful, temporarily leave about 3 inches of excess lace.
      9. If after a couple hours of wear time your shoe feels comfortable (not loose or tight), cut the lace down to an inch and tuck the lace in. If an inch is too long cut it down to half an inch. NoteThe inch of excess lace is to prevent the lace from slipping through the hole if it is extremely stretched for some reason. The excess can be tucked to the side. If you find that an inch is too much you can cut the lace down to half an inch.
      10. The inch of excess lace is to prevent the lace from slipping through the hole if it is extremely stretched for some reason. The excess can be tucked to the side. If you find that an inch is too much you can cut the lace down to half an inch.

      Crisscross Lacing

      The following are instructions for the classic Crisscross lacing style.

      Note: If you prefer the bracket towards the outside of the shoe (as we do)make note of how many sets eyelets there are on your shoe and preview where the T-bar will end up so if you have a preference the bracket will end up on the side of the shoe you prefer. All shoes are different. We find the side of the shoe that usually has a little more space is the outside of the shoe. So take note before installing.

      1. From above, insert the T-bar into one of the bottom (toe end) eyelets. Also from above insert the plastic tip (aglet) from above into the other bottom eyelet.
      2. Moving to the next set of eyelets above.Come across diagonally and insert the lace from above down through the eyelet. Now do the same for the other lace end going across diagonally and insert the lace from above down through the eyelet.
      3. Continue this pattern to the top.

      Note: It is important that you keep a consistent pattern when lacing your shoes to make sure they look uniform. By this we mean, if your right lace crosses over the left lace at the at the first crossing then keep the right lace crossing over the left all the way up. It is easy to make a mistake here and then have to go back and correct it. Also, make sure to always crisscross lace the shoe coming in from above down into the eyelet. Again it is easy to accidentally come into the eyelet from below in this style and mess up the pattern.

      1. At the top on the final set of eyelets, take the T-bar across diagonally and insert it from above down through the eyelet.
      2. Take the plastic tip across diagonally and insert it from above down through the final eyelet.
      3. Unlike traditional laces the slack must be pulled out away from the T-bar rather than from both ends. First, insert your foot into your shoe and using the T-bar as your anchor point, pull out the slack of each individual section of the lace, starting with the section closest to the T-bar and working your way down and back up to the plastic tip side. Be careful not to over tighten your shoe.
      4. Since plastic end of the shoelace is coming into the final eyelet from above, the lace will end up inside the shoe. Take the fastening bracket and pull the lace through the bracket’s first hole. Push the bracket all the way down the remaining excess lace so that it’s situated flush against the inside of the shoe. Weave the lace down into the second hole leaving it loose. Then carefully pull the lace through the last hole, again leaving it loose.
      5. Slip your foot into your shoe to check the fit. Adjust the laces as needed. Once you feel you have the perfect fit, make sure the fastening bracket is resting against the inside of your shoe and carefully tighten the lace into the second and third bracket holes.
      6. Last, cut the lace. If you want to be careful, temporarily leave about 3 inches of excess lace.
      7. If after a couple hours of wear time your shoe feels comfortable (not loose or tight), cut the lace down to an inch and tuck the lace in. If an inch is too long cut it down to half an inch. NoteThe inch of excess lace is to prevent the lace from slipping through the hole if it is extremely stretched for some reason. The excess can be tucked to the side. If you find that an inch is too much you can cut the lace down to half an inch.

      Over Under ( X ) Lacing

      The following are instructions for the stylish Over Under ( X ) lacing style.

      Note: Over-Under lacing works best with an odd number of sets of eyelets. This means a shoe with 5 sets of eyelets will work better and look cleaner than a shoe with six sets of eyelets.

      Note: If you prefer the bracket towards the outside of the shoe (as we do) make note of how many sets eyelets there are on your shoe and preview where the T-bar will end up so if you have a preference the bracket will end up on the side of the shoe you prefer. All shoes are different. We find the side of the shoe that usually has a little more space is the outside of the shoe. So take note before installing. 

      Note: For this example we are using a shoe with 5 sets of eyelets.

      1. From ABOVE, insert the T-bar into one of the bottom (toe end) eyelets. Also from ABOVE insert the plastic tip (aglet) from above into the other bottom eyelet.
      2. Moving to the next set of eyelets above.Take one lace end and come across diagonal to the next eyelet and insert the lace from BELOW going up through the eyelet. Do the same for the other side, come across diagonal  and insert the lace from BELOW going up through the eyelet.

      Note: It is important that you keep a consistent pattern when lacing your shoes to make sure they look uniform. By this we mean, if your right lace crosses over the left lace at the at the first crossing then keep the right lace crossing over the left all the way up. It is easy to make a mistake here and then have to go back and correct it. 

      1. Next keeping a consistent pattern, take one end across diagonally to the next eyelet and insert from ABOVE down and through the eyelet. Do the same for the other side. This forms the first “ ” that is visible on the outside of the shoe.
      2. Next take one end and come across diagonal to the next eyelet and insert from BELOW, up through the eyelet. Do the same for the other side, come across diagonal inserting up through the eyelet.
      3. At the top on the final set of eyelets, take the T-bar end across diagonally to the top eyelet and insert from ABOVE down through the eyelet.
      4. Take the plastic tip across diagonally to the last eyelet and insert it from ABOVE down through the final eyelet. This forms the second visible “ ” on the outside of the shoe.
      5. Unlike traditional laces the slack must be pulled out away from the T-bar rather than from both ends. First, insert your foot into your shoe and using the T-bar as your anchor point, pull out the slack of each individual section of the lace, starting with the section closest to the T-bar and working your way down and back up to the plastic tip side. Be careful not to over tighten your shoe.
      6. Since plastic end of the shoelace is coming into the final eyelet from ABOVE, the lace will end up inside the shoe. Take the fastening bracket and pull the lace through the bracket’s first hole. Push the bracket all the way down the remaining excess lace so that it’s situated flush against the inside of the shoe. Weave the lace down into the second hole leaving it loose. Then carefully pull the lace through the last hole, again leaving it loose.
      7. Slip your foot into your shoe to check the fit. Adjust the laces as needed. Once you feel you have the perfect fit, make sure the fastening bracket is resting against the inside of your shoe and carefully tighten the lace into the second and third bracket holes.
      8. Last, cut the lace. If you want to be careful, temporarily leave about 3 inches of excess lace.
      9. If after a couple hours of wear time your shoe feels comfortable (not loose or tight), cut the lace down to an inch and tuck the lace in. If an inch is too long cut it down to half an inch. NoteThe inch of excess lace is to prevent the lace from slipping through the hole if it is extremely stretched for some reason. The excess can be tucked to the side. If you find that an inch is too much you can cut the lace down to half an inch.