How to Straight Lace Dr. Martens Boots

by Tatyana Reznichenko

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.

Items you will need

  • Dr. Martens Boots
  • Shoelaces
Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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

Tips

  • Straight-lacing works with other types of shoes and boots as well.

Warnings

  • This method works best with an even number of holes. If your Dr. Martens boots have an odd number of holes, skip the top holes. Straight-laced Doc Martens with white shoelaces are associated with skinheads, so avoid this color combination if you don't wish to be associated with that group.

References

Photo Credits

  • Tara Novak/Demand Media

About the Author

Tatyana Reznichenko is a writer, translator and interpreter based in Paris who has been writing since 2000. Her articles have appeared in "The Medical Herald" and "Leg Show." Tatyana holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Columbia University and has a master's degree in conference interpreting.