How to Lace Tennis Shoes So You Can Wear Them Like Slip-Ons

by Stephanie Mitchell

Lace your shoes loosely to slip them on and off.

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One of the advantages of tennis shoes is that you can adjust the fit. Simply by adjusting the laces, you can loosen or tighten your shoes to be more comfortable. People who prefer not to tie and untie their laces constantly, though, often choose to wear their tennis shoes like slip-ons, pulling the shoes on and off their feet without undoing the laces. To do this, lace your shoes in the bowtie method. This makes the shoes secure but not too tight.

For Even Number of Grommets

Step 1

Insert the shoelace into the bottom grommets on the left and right. Feed the laces through from top to bottom so both ends are now inside the shoe.

Step 2

Bring both ends of the shoelace up through the holes immediately above the bottom grommets.

Step 3

Cross the laces. Thread each end down through the next hole on the opposite side, forming an "X."

Step 4

Bring the laces up through the next holes. Cross the laces and bring them down through the opposite holes. Repeat this process until you reach the top pair of grommets.

Step 5

Put on the tennis shoes. Tighten the laces just until they feel secure on your foot. Tie the laces into a bow.

For Odd-Numbered Grommets

Step 1

Insert the shoelace into the bottom grommets on the left and right. Feed the laces through from bottom to top so both ends are now outside the shoe.

Step 2

Cross the laces. Thread each end down through the next hole on the opposite side, forming an "X."

Step 3

Bring the laces up through the next holes. Cross the laces and bring them down through the opposite holes. Repeat this process until you reach the top pair of grommets.

Step 4

Put on the tennis shoes. Tighten the laces just until the shoe feels secure on your foot. Tie the laces into a bow.

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About the Author

Stephanie Mitchell is a professional writer who has authored websites and articles for real estate agents, self-help coaches and casting directors. Mitchell also regularly edits websites, business correspondence, resumes and full-length manuscripts. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.