How to ‘gap lace’ a Derby shoe

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A Derby is the most versatile shoe you can own, and it can be laced in a huge variety of ways to help you achieve the best comfort and fit. Need to relieve pressure on sensitive insteps? Want to increase ankle flexibility? The ‘gap lace’ pattern is the method for you.

Wearing a suit with your Derbys? Round laces look best with more formal shoes. If your outfit is casual, try brown leather or suede Derbys with flat laces designed to stay tied for longer. But whether you opt for round or flat shoelaces, choose a lacing pattern that supports your foot and gives you the most comfortable fit.

Check out our quick video below to see how to ‘gap lace’ your Derby shoes.

How to ‘gap lace’ your Derbys – step-by-step video guide

  1. Face the toe of the shoe away from you
  2. From underneath, thread the lace through the lowest set of eyelets
  3. This forms the first ‘rung’
  4. The laces should be the same length
  5. Start with your right hand
  6. Feed the lace across to the outside hole in the 2nd ‘rung’ position
  7. Pull it through to the inside
  8. Repeat on the other side
  9. You should have a clear ‘cross’ shape
  10. With your right hand, thread the lace through the hole directly above
  11. Do the same on the other side
  12. This forms the ‘gap’ that relieves pressure on your instep
  13. Start with your right hand again
  14. Feed the lace across to the inside hole in the 4th ‘rung’ position
  15. Pull it through to the outside
  16. Repeat on the other side
  17. With your right hand, feed the lace across to the inside of the top hole
  18. Pull it though to the outside
  19. Repeat on the other side
  20. Adjust the laces until your shoe fits comfortably

So, that’s how to ‘gap lace’ your Derbys. Samuel Windsor shoes come with a spare set of quality laces – pop in a fresh pair and give the leather a quick polish to make your favourite shoes look as good as new. 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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