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November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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What if you knew of innovative techniques to tie boat shoes besides the classic around the tree through the loop or bunny ears methods? Do you crave ways that would stop that annoying habit laces have of becoming undone? Are you a fashionista who eschews wearing practical, comfortable boat shoes because you think they don’t look stylish, but tries new ways to braid your hair?

I’ve come up with (award-winning) lacing techniques that let you enjoy a comfortable, safer, and stylish day out on the boat, without worrying about your laces coming untied or looking unfashionable. I’ll explain as best as I can in words, but watching the lacing how-to videos on this magazine’s website will help you get going without tripping up.


Fishtail Lacing

lace up 2lace up 3Step 1: Take the laces out of the eyelets.

Step 2: You are putting the lace on the same side, so go under the first eyelet closest to the tongue, and then over and through the other one. The lace should be parallel to the length of the shoe. Repeat on the other side of the same shoe.

Step 3: Once the laces are secured in the eyelets, make an X with them so that they cross over each other.

Step 4: With one side at a time, take the end of the lace, and put it over and then under the part that is already in the eyelets. Pull the lace so it is tight. Do the same on the other side.

Step 5: As in Step 3, take the laces and cross them over each other, making another X.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 and 5 two to three more times.

Step 7: You can either tie the laces at the end or tuck them behind the tongue so the leftover lace doesn’t show.


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Step 1: Take the laces out of the eyelets.

Step 2: Put each lace on each side in the first eyelet closest to the front of the shoe.

Step 3: Cross the shoe laces so the end of the lace on each side goes in the eyelet that is diagonally across from it on the other side.

Step 4: Take one lace on one side and put it under what you just did, so you can put it back through the first eyelet from the backend. Repeat with the other side as well. (Note: This is a little tough because it requires two parts of a lace in one eyelet.)

Step 5: Take one lace and put it through the other eyelet on the same side from the top.

Step 6: Tuck the end part of the lace under the tongue.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 and 6 on the other side.


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Step 1: Put each lace through the eyelet on its side closet to the tongue.

Step 2: Take one lace and cross it over diagonally into the eyelet on the other side that is closest to the front.

Step 3: Take the other lace and wrap it five to six times around the lace you just crossed over — it should look like a barrel.

Step 4: Take both laces (which should be near each other on the same side) and put them both into the eyelet diagonally across, which ensures that the laces stay put.

Step 5: Tuck the laces underneath and fix them to look tight and centered.


Parents, try these on your kids’ shoes and sneakers so there are no worries about their footwear falling off.  Plus, they will love showing their friends how cool their laces look!

By Melissa McMahon

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 Sperry Top Sider Video on Fishtail: 

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Port & Starboard Buoy:

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