Vans Shoes : How to Lace Up in a Variety of Ways


Vans shoes can be laced up in many ways, which may include the basic cross-lacing, and the clean-looking bar-style of lacing. You must learn both the methods.

In the following article, you will get some basic tips for lacing up the Vans and taking good care of them.

Lets start by understanding the each and every aspect of Vans Shoes ace up.

  • Bar-Lacing Vans
  • Cross-Lacing Vans
  • Lacing Basics

Vans shoes lace up : Bar-Lacing Vans

Count the number of eyelet pairs on the shoe. Vans with an even number of eyelets can be cross-laced. If vans shoes have an odd number, still the basic principle will apply. Only you will need to adjust the technique somewhat.

Insert each end of the shoelace downward through one of the bottom two eyelets. The shoelace now should form a bar across the bottom with the laces facing inwards. You must keep the left lace on the left side and the right lace on the right side.

Feed the right lace underneath the shoe to pop out of the second eyelet on the right side. Hiding the inner lacing gives the technique its unique look. Whether to go by right or the shoe’s right doesn’t matter. Ensure to stay consistent and the end result will be the same.

Feed left lace underneath the shoe. It must pop up out of the third eyelet on the left side. You must have an empty eyelet on the left side between the original bar and the emerging lace. Cross the right lace over to the left side and insert it downward by the second eyelet. You must have two bars in the lacing and both laces should be on the left side.

Cross the lace emerging from the third eyelet to the right side. Insert it downwards thru the third eyelet to have three bars in the lacing with each lace on a different side of the shoe.

Continue repeating this pattern. Feed the left lace underneath the shoe when it pops up out of the fifth eyelet on the left side. Feed the right lace underneath the shoe as it pops up out of the sixth eyelet on the right side. Cross every lace over to the corresponding eyelet on the other side to form new bars. If shoes have more than six eyelet pairs, repeat as needed, continuing to reverse sides after every two bars are completed.

Vans shoes lace up : Cross-Lacing Vans

Insert each end of the shoelace downward thru the bottom eyelets. Push both ends of the shoelaces thru the eyelets closest to the toe of the sneaker. The shoelace should now form a bar across the bottom with the laces going inwards. Pull the ends of the laces up over the bar and then downward toward the toe.

Cross the right lace over to the left side. Insert it down into the second eyelet going up the shoe. The right lace should be crossing the tongue of the shoe with left lace emerging from between the bar and the cross-lace. Pull the crossed lace to the left which must be away from the shoe to push it out of the way. It is generally easiest to do this with the shoes off and the sneaker facing you. Whether you go by right or the shoe’s right doesn’t matter. Just stay consistent and the end result will be the same.

Cross the left lace over to the right side. Insert it downward thru the second eyelet up on that side, just as done in the above on the other side. You must now have a bar and two cross-laces in the lacing. Pull the newly-crossed lace to the right, that too, away from the shoe to get it out of the way.

Continue lacing in pattern. Start by crossing the lace on the right-hand side over to the left side and downward thru the eyelet. Ensure the other lace emerges from between two crossings. Pull the newly-crossed lace to the left to get it out of the way, then cross the left lace over to the right side. Repeat until the shoe is completely laced. Lacing the shoes ensures that cross-laces going in one direction. It is always dominate the cross-laces going in the other. When the time comes to lace the other shoe, ensure to reverse the process to mirror each other.

Vans shoes lace up : Lacing Basics

Keep the shoelaces from twisting. The straight, flat-laced look is classic Vans. Never let laces get sloppy or it won’t look right. If you wish the vans to look crisp and new, keep the laces as straight as possible. Every time while pulling the laces through the eyelets, ensure to flatten them out and keep them from twisting up.

Go slowly. Never over-tighten the laces to cause them to bunch up and look uneven but actually pretty straight.

Take shoes off and turn them to face you. It is easier to lace up sneakers when placed on the ground, with the toe facing the person wearing it. If you wish them to look bright and right, take them off and turn them around.

Use thick white laces. Vans white laces are generally the best laces for Vans. Variants of white sneaker lace would be fine. Skate laces are pretty puffy and white. Basketball laces are really thin and cylindrical. Sneaker laces can be lighter. You can use any color. New white laces are the most commonly associated with Vans.

Change laces regularly. Having a fresh set of laces always look cool. It’s a good idea to change laces after every couple of weeks. In case you are skating regularly and breaking laces, or scuffing them up, you must be regular at changing them.

Change up the way you lace shoes. It is a good idea to alternate between the styles used to get the most life out of shoes. They won’t wear from repeated lacing. In case of bar-lace the shoes, cross-lace them every now and then to keep looking new. When you cross-lace Vans, change the direction of the crosses. It is to checked that the right side isn’t always over the left, or vice versa to help to keep the shoes from wearing evenly.

Hope that the above article will help you to lace the Vans shoes.

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