Ways To Lace Shoes The Derby Shoe

Welcome to the Gentleman’s Gazette. In this
mini series about ways to lace shoes, we’re going to discuss how to lace the Derby shoe. The Derby is a men’s dress shoe that’s not
as formal as the Oxford but still they’re very high on the formality scale and it can
be worn with suits and in the office hence, you want to do the shoe justice. the easiest
way to change the look of your shoes and to make it look like a new pair is to simply
change your shoelaces and use a different color. It’s unbelievable how just a pair of
red or blue or green or purple or brown really transform the whole look and what’s even better
is once you have a few different colors, you can provide a different look for the same
shoe and you can remove the pair of laces and put in a different pair of shoes meaning
you literally have endless variations of how to style the wardrobe all without breaking
the bank. First, you need to get the right kind of shoelaces.
What you want is either thin cotton shoelaces that are round or it can be thin and flat.
What you don’t want is a thick nylon shoelace because it’s simply doesn’t suit the character
of the shoe. You want them to be the right length about 31 and a half inches or 80 centimeters
is ideal for most Derby shoes or dress shoes. Of course, one of the way to really change
the look of your shoe is to go with different colors. if you are in a more conservative
environment, tone to tone shoelaces. if you want to be more colorful mix it up and use
contrasting colors. Basically the two proper ways to lace a Derby
or Blucher shoe is to either have a bar lacing which is horizontal and parallel or to do
a crisscross lacing which is a little more sporty and informal. The crisscross lacing is better for less formal
outfits such as jeans or chinos or tweed. here’s how you do it: First, put in the lace
from the top on both sides and you pull them straight and you want to make sure that the
ends are the same length so you hold it and pull through. Cross them over, come down from
the top, through the holes and pull through just slightly if you want. we have the flat
laces, takes a little longer but it also looks great.okay, next, you always want to make
sure that you have the same kind of crisscross pattern, one is over the other, which way
doesn’t matter, it just looks better if it’s consistent on the same shoe.Finally, you just
tie the knot. If you want to make sure that your shoes stays
really laced up and doesn’t open up, I recommend this way to tie. From the loop, you go over
once, twice and pull it through. That way, you get just the slightly thicker knot but
it really holds everything much better in place. Voila! this is how the Derby crisscross
lace is done. The other way to lace a Derby shoe is the
Oxford way with a bar lacing, here’s how you do it: Since there are 4 holes, you want the
ends to be the same length. if they’re five holes, you have one end slightly different
than the other but for details, you should take a look at our Oxford video. Voila! the bar lacing on a Derby Shoe. If you want to
know where you get high quality shoelaces in different colors, click the link. Check
out the store and look at our selection of round thin laces in waxed cotton and flat
laces, i’m sure you’ll like it.


  • Great video, tip in the end with a knot helped a lot! Combination of structures as well as colours in your outfit is top notch sir and that jacket … amazing piece never saw anything like it.

  • I just can't find a place for a Derby in my wardrobe, when there is Oxfords with broguing.

  • Sloppy twisting of the yellow flat laces make it look a bit funky, so does not lacing the shoes symmetrically (mirror image) rather than both left-handed.

  • Can you give an advice which lace color matches with different shoe colors?

  • Is it wrong to crisscross from the bottom (rather than the top as shown)?

  • Great video

  • Thanks for helping us out!

  • Excellent video. Thank you for keeping from looking like a dingus at graduation lol

  • thank you for this guide!

  • The double knot you do makes one lace shorter then the other. Unless you have the double looping end longer to begin with.

  • Not trying to make a bitchy comment, I'm just learning about shoes that's all and I may be wrong. But, at 1:55 that is an oxford isn't it?

  • Very informative.

  • 2:30

  • You have an encyclopedic knowledge of men's fashion, Thanks for the Videos and Info.

  • I just got my first pair of Derbys this Christmas morning. They are black.

  • Great video. The British pronunciation, is "Darby."

  • Is it appropriate to lace derbies with a bar lacing on the top but cross beneath it i.e. under the flaps (to make adjustments easier)?

  • how would you lace derby shoes with three hole

  • Great video. I'm loving that tie. What kind is it and where can I find one? Also, any advice on how to match shoe lace color with your outfit?

  • What's best for a 3 eyelets derby shoe? Bar or criss cross?

  • Anyone that knows about lacing methods will know both were taught in a poor manner. That particular criss cross was finished with the ends beneath the vamp which will produce an under knot known to bother the foot. That straight bar lacing method is also no good at all because it changes depending on the number of eyelets, produces unnatural strain on the eyelets and it's awkward to tighten. If you really need a criss cross lacing method go for the over-under method to reduce strain or the inverted cris cross to make the ends appear on top to tie an outside knot, the tornado lacing could also work but looks better on boots. For straight there's a crossed version that's much better although I prefer the shoe-shop lightning bar lacing.

  • which one do you suggest

  • Thanx, I always wanted to know how to tie Shoe Laces that way??

  • You have the same outfit from the previous video 5 days ago

  • 1,25x speed and he speaks in normal pace?

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