Shoe Hack: How To Tie Lace-Up Heels


Lace-up heels: they instantly glam up any outfit, but they never seem to fit quite right, do they? Turns out, we’ve been tying them all wrong.

While they may seem a bit intimidating at first, learning how to tie your lace-up heels properly can elevate your overall look and ensure a comfy fit from the moment you step out of the door, to your Uber home. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of tying lace-up heels like a pro. So, let’s dive in.

The lace-up heels hack

  1. Don’t immediately tie the laces straight up your calf!

  2. Instead, first tie under and over.

  3. Then, tie the laces in a bow at the back of your leg.

  4. Voilà! More support, no slippage.

Tying lace-up heels: a guide

Start with the right laces 

Before you begin tying your lace-up heels, make sure you have the right laces. Ideally, you should have a pair of laces that are long enough to comfortably wrap around your ankles or calves, depending on the height of your heels. Opt for laces that are strong and durable to ensure they stay securely tied throughout the day.

Unlace your heels 

If your lace-up heels come pre-laced, you’ll need to unlace them first. Begin by loosening the laces all the way down to the last few eyelets or loops at the toe of the shoe. This will give you enough room to work with when re-lacing them later.

Insert the laces 

Start by inserting the laces into the bottom eyelets of your heel, with each lace end coming out from opposite sides. Ensure that the laces are even in length to achieve a balanced and symmetrical look.

Cross and wrap

Take the right lace and cross it over the left lace, making an X shape. Then, take the right lace and wrap it around the left lace, bringing it up and through the next set of eyelets on the same side. Repeat this process on the opposite side, taking the left lace and crossing it over the right lace, followed by wrapping it around and bringing it up through the next set of eyelets on the same side.

Continue criss-crossing

Repeat the crisscrossing pattern until you reach the top of the laces. Each time you wrap the lace around and bring it up through the next set of eyelets, make sure it’s tight enough to provide a secure fit but not too tight to cause discomfort.

Tie a bow

Once you’ve reached the top eyelets, take both lace ends and tie a traditional shoelace bow. Ensure that the bow is tight enough to hold your heels in place but not overly tight to cause discomfort.

Adjust the fit 

With your lace-up heels tied, it’s time to adjust the fit. Make sure the laces are evenly distributed and not too tight or too loose. If you prefer a tighter fit, you can pull the laces tighter before tying the bow. On the other hand, if you need more room, loosen the laces slightly.

Double knot for security 

To prevent your lace-up heels from coming undone throughout the day or evening, consider tying a double knot. This will provide additional security and ensure that your laces stay in place.

Style with confidence 

Now that your lace-up heels are perfectly tied, take a moment to admire your work. Lace-up heels can be a statement piece, so wear them with confidence and let them elevate your outfit to new heights.


Learning how to tie lace-up heels makes all the difference to your overall look and comfort. By following this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to tie your lace-up heels like a pro in no time. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different lacing techniques to find the style that suits you best.


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