Shoelaces for dress shoes and how to lace Oxford shoes part 2

Whole-cut shoes or Balmoral Oxford shoes

Shoelaces for dress shoes and how to lace Oxford shoes part 2

Shoelaces for Oxford shoes, number 6:

When wearing a tuxedo or tailcoat, most men today wear a patent leather oxford shoe with ordinary cotton shoelaces, whereas elegant gentlemen would only wear opera pumps or oxfords flat silk shoelaces for evening wear because the wide, flat shoelaces will create a little bow, that looks just like the bow tie your wear around your neck.

How to combine your shoelace color with shoe color:

Today, you can basically mix and match your shoe colors in any way you want. If you want to be strictly classic, you stay with brown and black shoelaces or generally darker laces that match the shoes. For example, black goes well with purple shoelaces, gray or blue. Brown is very versatile and works with almost anything green or brown. However, because there are so many shades of browns, you should play around a little bit to see what really works. At the end of the day, it is all up to your creativity. You can try some yellow laces and they will look much more relaxed. Especially during the spring-summer season, it is great these laces will make it look more casual.

How to lace Oxford shoes:

The best way to lace Oxford shoes is to first insert both ends of the lace in the bottom holes /eyelets of the shoe, so you have a line that is horizontal and on top of the leather. Pull both ends so they are even and have the same length if you have an even number of eyelets. Take the lace on the outside of the shoe, and insert it from the bottom in the second hole on the same side, and back into the second hole on the opposite side from the top. Then, take the lace on the inside of the shoe and insert it from the bottom in the third hole on the same side, and back into the third hole on the opposite side from the top. Continue in the same fashion. With an even number of eyelets, you will reach the top eyelets from the bottom on each side. With uneven holes, you have to make a cross underneath with one end from the bottom. For that reason, one shoelace has to be longer than the other one. Pull on both ends to tighten the lacing and tie your shoelace.

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