How to Lace Oxford Shoes

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Oxford shoes are a style of leather shoe usually worn with formal attire. Although there are several ways to lace shoes, Oxford shoes work best if you adopt a straight European lacing pattern, also commonly called ladder lacing. This gives the laces a parallel appearance on the outside while the laces crisscross inside. Straight European lacing allows you to tie the sides of the shoes securely and tightly and if done correctly hides the underlying zigzag pattern of the laces, giving a clean crisp appearance.

Feed the lace into the bottom two (first) eyelets of the shoes and even out the ends.

Cross the left lace diagonally and feed it out the second of the eyelets on the right side. Cross the lace horizontally and feed it into the eyelet on the opposite side. The lace should end up back on the left side of the shoe.

Cross the right lace diagonally and feed it out the third eyelet on the left side. Cross the lace horizontally and feed it into the eyelet on the opposite side. The lace should end up back on the right side of the shoe.

Cross the left lace diagonally and feed it out the fourth eyelet on the right side. Cross the lace horizontally and feed it into the eyelet on the opposite side.

Cross the right lace diagonally and feed it out the fifth eyelet on the left side. Cross the lace horizontally and feed it into the eyelet on the opposite side.

Cross the left lace diagonally and feed it out the sixth (top) eyelet on the right side.

Cross the right lace diagonally and feed it out the sixth (top) eyelet on the left side.

Tie the Oxford shoes.