How To Tie Mens Shoelaces – Boots, Loafers, Dress Shoes, Sneakers, Suede, Waxed, Round, Cotton

How To Tie Mens Shoelaces – Boots, Loafers, Dress Shoes, Sneakers, Suede, Waxed, Round, Cotton

(classical music) – Hi, I’m Ashley Weston. I’m a celebrity menswear stylist. So today I’ll be showing you
how to tie your shoelaces. This might sound crazy, but chances are you’ve been
tying your shoes incorrectly your entire life. Depending on the type
of shoe you’re wearing, there’s a specific way
to tie your shoelaces so that they lay cleanly across your shoe and won’t come undone. Sloppy shoelaces can detract
from an otherwise sharp outfit. If you’ve followed me
for any length of time, then you know then is one
of my biggest pet peeves. I’ve even had a client mention
it on a national talk show. – We paid a woman to dress me. (audience laughs) – [Michael] She’s worth every penny. – When you say “we,” who’s “we?” – Look, she made me tuck in my shoelaces. (audience laughs) It was very important to her. I go, “Really?” She goes, “Yes.” “It ruins the whole look.” – So let’s get started
with cotton or nylon laces, which are typically
found on most sneakers. Most of us were taught
to tie our shoelaces where we bring the lace
over the loop and through. This actually creates a very weak knot that has a higher chance of coming untied. Also the laces lay more vertically as opposed to across the shoe, which now it just looks terrible. The correct way to tie your shoelaces is to start out how you’d
normally tie your shoes, but now you wanna bring the lace under and then over the loop, towards your body, instead of over and away
with the other knot. So when it’s tied correctly, the bow or loops lay
horizontally across your shoe. This is a much stronger knot that will actually get
tighter as you wear it and lays cleanly across your shoe so it won’t detract or draw attention away from the rest of your outfit. If your shoes have round laces, which are normally waxed or leather, like these dress shoes here, you’ll want to use the
same knot I just showed you but with one small addition. First, tie them in the
same knot I just discussed. Remember to go under and
then over towards your body, and you’ll want to make
sure, when you’re pulling, that the laces, so the loops and the
laces are equal length. Now this is where the magic happens. You’ll probably think this is silly, but I promise, it’s important. What you wanna do is gather the laces and tuck them inside the outer lace stay, like so. This will give the shoe a clean appearance that compliments the
formality of your dress shoes, regardless of whether you’re
wearing a suit, wool pants, dark wash jeans, or chino pants. It’s very distracting and
annoying to me personally, when I see loops are visible
on a pair of dress shoes. Menswear and looking sharp
is all about the details, and it’s these teeny tiny little things that really sets apart
a well-dressed gentlemen from a regular guy. If you have suede laces, which are typically found
on boat shoes or loafers, then you’ve probably been irritated by them constantly coming untied. Start out with your laces tied, using the knot I’ve been showing you. If you have longer laces, then you can actually do a double knot, which will really secure that knot, and keep it from coming undone. Now the problem with suede laces is when you tie a double knot, it actually tends to create a really chunky knot in the center, so if that’s the case, then
go back to a single knot like we have here, and you’ll use the next step. Now this next step will
also apply to shorter laces, like this. What you’ll want to do is
take a bottle of superglue and place the glue right here in the front as well as in the back of the knot. This will really secure the laces and keep it from coming undone. The bows of your shoelaces
shouldn’t be much wider than the width of your
shoes, like I have here. Now once you tie them, and you have the proper
width for your bows, if you have excess length in your laces, just simply cut them off,
so they look like this. So with boots, you’ll be using the same knot I’ve been showing you, but there’s two additional things to do depending on how you’ll be wearing them. If you’re going to be wearing them with pants that aren’t cuffed, then tie them how you normally would, and what you wanna do is in order to ensure that
your laces don’t stick out from underneath your pants, you wanna just double knot it. I’m gonna double knot it right here. And that is a nice, clean look. Or, if you’re going to
be wearing your boots with cuffed pants, check out my video on how to
cuff your pants for details, you wanna start by basically stopping just
below the top hook, and you’re gonna actually
cross your laces over and run them around the back. If your boots have this tab, you can run them through it. It doesn’t really matter. But them back and then to the front, and you’re gonna tie the
knot I’ve been showing you. Now, it gets a little tough, because your laces are
pretty short at this point, but it’s very much possible to do, and this will create a
nice, small lace, like bow, which is what you want, because when you have cuffed pants, your laces, the bows, will be exposed, so you really want it as
clean and small as possible. So those are the two
ways to tie your boots. So those are the best
ways to tie your shoelaces so they won’t come untied, and they won’t detract from your outfit. Subscribe to my YouTube channel
for more videos like this, and if you like this video, remember: Give it a thumbs up. Alright, guys, thanks
so much for watching. I’ll see you in the next one. (classical music)

100 Replies to “How To Tie Mens Shoelaces – Boots, Loafers, Dress Shoes, Sneakers, Suede, Waxed, Round, Cotton”

  1. The correct knot is called a square knot. Many refer to the incorrect knot as a granny knot.

    Granny knots get looser when pulled on while a square knot gets tighter.

  2. All this time I thought it was my yellow teeth and horrid body odor that kept me from getting a date. Now I realize that I just never knew how to properly tie my shoes -_- thanks Ashley!

  3. im sorry, but the way you tie those combat boots doesn't look good at all. thats what we did in high school if the laces were too long. it creates the impression that the wearer doesn't even care enough about his appearance to get shoelaces that aren't way too long.

  4. An alternative to tucking in laces with dress shoes that might be worth while to try is a surgeons knot or bow knot. They're both looped twice for security and cleanly finished in a elegant strong horizontal form. The issue with tucking in laces is that they might stretch your shoes as proper fitting oxfords don't leave much room for tucked in laces, especially for people with a higher instep. Everyone has their personal preferences, but this something I recommend to maintain the proper form and fit of your shoes.


    Ok ok, idk about you all but I was taught the super weird double knot method where you basically tie a ribbon. Goodness how ignorant I was…

  6. thank you so much! i've been having so much trouble all these years with my laces getting untied all the time. plus this looks way better!

  7. Agreed on the tucking of laces. Except I tuck laces for all shoes and boots. Never leave them flopping around. Also, when I tuck the laces I split the tucking. Half on left and half on right. Those laces are hard and painful and too much on one side can become a sore spot. Especially for the dress shoes. I tuck them in and back, towards the underside of the ankles on either side of the ankles. There is a bit of a hollow spot on either side. Feel good all day. Also, splitting the laces doesn't create as visible a bump or obvious direction of tucking on the instep. Split and tuck and the laces practically disappear. Like you just slipped them on magically.

    I would burn those boat shoes. Sooooo many better options than a shoe that begs for someone to take my lunch money. And just an ugly non-flattery shoe. Looks cute on girls. No go for men as far as I'm concerned. Like guys going out, physically leaving the house to anywhere but a beach with flip flops on. Nothing tells a woman that she is on her own if sh+t goes down or her life needs to be saved like a man wearing flip flops on the streets.

    For reference for the sensitive people…No guy should ever wear a deep v neck t shirt also. I personally wouldn't wear v neck at all but if you must, no go on deep v neck. Just because they make certain things available doesnt mean you should wear them. Just some things should never be done.

    Good video. Thanks.

  8. I've always tucked in my shoes lace. Didn't even realize it was a thing… just assumed I was one of the few that did cause everyone I know doesn't.

    Better Call Saul !!! Nice one Ashley

  9. I unsubbed on seeing this, you are making this up as you go right? There is a specific old boy way of tying laces you did 100% wrong. Turn up to my company with your laces and you lost your interview.

  10. thanks ashley, the boots one is exactly what i was looking for..25 years old still can't properly tie my boots, had to search…anyways subscribe! cheers!

  11. do not agree with the dress shoes tuck in. Yes, tie the lace so it lies perpendicular to the shoe (not skew) but tucking in shows too much thought as gone into this to pure fashion as opposed to the classical clean but utilitarian gentlemen style and thought.

  12. Whether you should loop over or loop under is dependent on how you tie the initial overhand knot. If you start with a left-handed overhand knot (like AW uses in the video) then yes, you should follow it by looping under (a right-handed overhand knot) to produce a reef/square knot, otherwise you'll end up with a "granny knot" which, as she says, is not as strong. However, if you typically start with a right-handed overhand knot, like I do, then you absolutely should loop over.
    Remember: right over left, left over right, makes a knot both tidy and tight! 🙂

  13. i'm a youngster that is always interested in formal wear with some hipster or victorian inspired or something that will uplift my standard's even with a limited wardrobe. i am inspired to you ma'am on taking on a role as a "fashion stylist. i may not be great at giving advices or dress someone properly but i will try and dress them as i do… i guess i'll try harder if i can't.

  14. Actually, the over vs under detail all depends on which side of the knot you create your first loop. For example, because of the way I make the first knot, I also make the first loop on the side of the lace that sits further away from me. In this case, wrapping the second lace over is best.

  15. Tucked laces can be very uncomfortable, especially if the shoe is tied tight enough…..bit too much style over function and comfort that one!

  16. Proper dress shoe knot is the Parisian knot. It's a double knot all on it's own but looks nice and clean for formal occasions. Gents look it up. SMH

  17. The opposite (the way I have always tied my shoes) works for me, and my knots are always horizontal… Going "under" the loop of the bow actually causes that vertical / weak knot.

    It is less about whether you go under or over, but more about which lace you use as the loop.

  18. Only a young woman would be so concerned about the way shoelaces "look". If another person were to judge me by the way my shoelaces are tied, that person is wasting my time by concentrating on the wrong side or my body: my face is on the opposite end.

  19. Excellent content there. I have been using a different knot, the Berlutti knot, for my boots and it is a beautifully symmetrical knot.

  20. Ok sorry I didn't even make it all the way through you video before I had to comment i to have a big pet peeve with knots that lie parallel instead of perpendicular. The typical sneaker knot is a square knot and you can tie it either over or under depending how you tie the first overhand but yes the resulting knot should lie flat and perpendicular to your shoe.

  21. I feel like going to my mom and tell her that she brainwashed me doing the incorrect way to tie my shoe…

  22. Shoe laces around the boot is not stylish in any book. Neither is fast to tie them with a small knot, duh, we men have sausages for fingers. But i LOVE the tip about tucking in laces in a dress shoe 😉 Thanks!

  23. If i wrap the laces behind my ankle like the last method, will it leaves a mark on my boots overtime? Or possibly crack the leather? Someone please help

  24. Those hidden laces always harm my feet enough to stop doing it… simply not worth ed the trouble even though I liked to have a clean look. They obvious look great in pictures or ads, but in real life they simply gives you way to much pain.
    These shoemakers should find a way to hide them without any special trick… (sorry for my so-so English)

  25. I was embarrassed to YouTube how to tie my shoes. Didn’t want that on my search history. But, you have changed my life.

  26. Bloody good but why does anyone want to wear boat shoes ( very much to me it seems a North American/ middle-aged bourgeois southern European thing) unless one is actually on a boat, & even then just get a yacht or some employees, please.

  27. Which way to tie your laces depents on which way around your knot is tied. You can mirror everything and the laces still lie horizontally.
    I, for example, tie my knot the other way around, therefore I have to tie my laces "the wrong way".

  28. I don't understand why is so important in your life how men tied their shoelaces it's that what you do when you meet people look at how they look some people can wear and look the best way possible it doesn't make them kind and loving just saying 🤔🤔

  29. No need to tuck the laces on your dress shoes if you just learn how to make a symetrical knot (like the berluti knot) and the laces are the correct length. If your shoes fit well then tucking your laces will be uncomfortable.

  30. My fingers won't do that. Large fingers and all. HOWEVER, tie like you were taught in kindergarten and then change hands with the loops and pull. The knot will be secure then.

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