How to ‘criss-cross’ lace a Derby shoe

A Derby shoe is defined by the open vamp (lacing section) that allows for wide opening
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A Derby is a versatile shoe with an ‘open-lace’ vamp section that makes it easy to get on and off. Particularly favoured by men with wide feet, the Derby can be loosened and adjusted easily as required. For this reason, ‘criss-cross’ lacing with a good quality shoelace is the best choice.

Wearing a suit? Plain black Derbys with matching round shoelaces are advised. More casual outfit? A flat lace works well with chunkier suede Derbys or less formal colours such as tan, oxblood or blue. But whether your shoelaces are round or flat, a neat ‘criss-cross’ lace pattern will make your Derby easy to adjust and less likely to ‘slip’ throughout the day.

Check out our quick video below to see the correct way to criss-cross lace your Derby shoes.

How to lace your Derbys – step-by-step video guide

  1. Face the toe of your shoe away from your body
  2. From underneath, thread the lace through the lowest set of eyelets
  3. This forms the first ‘rung’ on the inside of the shoe
  4. The laces should be the same length
  5. Start with your right hand
  6. Cross the lace to the hole on the 2nd ‘rung’ position
  7. Feed it through to the inside
  8. Do the same on the other side
  9. You should have a clear ‘cross’ shape
  10. Start with your right hand again to create a uniform pattern
  11. Cross the lace to the outside of the hole in the 3rd ‘rung’ position
  12. Feed it through to the inside
  13. Do the same on the other side
  14. Repeat the steps once more, starting with your right hand again
  15. Finally, feed the lace in your right hand across to the inside of the last hole
  16. Feed it through to the outside
  17. Do the same on the other side
  18. The laces should form a neat, uniform criss cross pattern

So, that’s how to criss-cross lace your Derby shoes. Want to know the best ways to lace other types of shoe and boots? Take a look at our shoelaces guide for gentlemen infographic.

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