How to Straight Lace Dr. Martens Boots

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Dr. Martens boots, or "Doc Martens," as aficionados call them, started out in 1960 as work boots for the working class but soon became a wardrobe necessity for various subcultures like punks and goths. Today Dr. Martens boots come in many styles and colors to appeal to a wide range of consumers. These boots have always been amenable to customization and one way to make a pair of Dr. Martens boots your own is through shoelace style. One distinctive style is straight-lacing or bar-lacing, with the shoelaces forming horizontal stripes across the boots.

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Thread one shoe lace though the bottom two holes of the Dr. Martens boot so that both ends are inside the boot. This will form the first horizontal stripe.

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Adjust the shoelace so that the right end is about twice as long as the left.

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Take the left, shorter end of the shoelace and run it along the inside of the shoe. Push it out of the top left hole. You are now done with the shorter end of the shoelace.

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Take the right, longer end of the shoelace and feed it into the second hole from the bottom on the left side. The shoelace is now on the outside of the shoe.

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Feed the longer end of the shoelace into the second hole from the bottom on the right side, going from the outside in. The shoelace is now on the inside of the shoe. This will form the second horizontal stripe.

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Repeat this process with the longer end of the shoelace until you reach the second hole from the top on the right side. This will be your last horizontal stripe.

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Thread the shoelace from the second hole from the top through the top hole on the right side. The right shoelace is now on the outside of the shoe.

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Pull the laces tight and tie the left and right laces in a bow.