Tying your Vans shoe laces can be a lot more than just creating two loops, knotting and pulling. To get the best look, you can easily make the laces look just as good as the rest of the outfit. Here at Idle, we have created the step-by-step guide on how you can get the most out of your Vans trainers.Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.
How to Lace Vans Shoes
Being the face of skate culture since 1960's and originating in California, Vans has well and truly made its way up the high street, bloggers, and street style. It's dominated events, lifestyle and sport, becoming more than just the recognisable logo of the skateboard and strapline. The list of collaborations and iconic designs is endless, creating the epic history of Vans. Catering for Star Wars fans to die-hard Vans enthusiasts, the brand manages to pull off some of the coolest trainers seen on the market.
How to Cross Lace Vans Shoe's Laces
Knowing how to put shoelaces on Vans is simple - you've just got to find the ones that will suit you and your style the best. The most common method of lacing from the bunch is the Cross-lace. Out the box and ready to be worn on the street, we like to value the cross lace as Van's default method. However, if you are needing to refresh your memory and recover your Vans back to their first steps condition - we've got you covered.
Thread both ends of the lace through opposite eyelets from the outside-in.
Grab the right-hand side lace and thread it across to the above eyelet on the opposite side of the shoe. Remember to still thread from the outside-in of the shoe.
Next, repeat the same method on the left-hand side of the lace.
Repeat this process again, until you reach the top of the shoe.
How to Zipper Lace Vans
If you can't decide on the bar or cross lace, there is a method which has the benefit of the both. The Zipper lace is versatile between finishing knots, and most definitely another simple method for when you are on the go.
Tie one end of your lace tightly into a knot, creating an anchor for your lace.
Thread the other end through the right bottom eyelet, from inside-out.
Thread the loose end of the lace to the opposite eyelet, similar to the bar lace method.
Again, grab the loose end of the lace and thread it straight across to the opposite eyelet above.
Once pulled through, move straight across to the direct opposite eyelet, again, creating the straight line lace as you did at the beginning.
Repeat the process once again, by pulling the lace across to the opposite eyelet above.
Carry on and repeat the process till you reach the tongue of the shoe.
How to Straight Lace Vans/How to Bar Lace Vans
The bar lace is simple, ideal for a refined trainer look and follows a simple method of consistency. If you want to make sure you aren't losing your shoe on, this method is guaranteed to keep your shoe on tightly throughout the day.
Begin by double knotting one end of the lace.
Starting from either side of the shoe, thread your lace through the eyelet from the inside-out. Remember to begin at the bottom eyelet of the shoe, closest to the end of the foot.
Pull the lace through right to the very end.
Move on to the opposite eyelet of the shoe and repeat the same threading method (inside to out).
To begin the next row, grab the end of the lace and thread it through the eyelet directly above the last one.
Once you have pulled the lace through you can now begin repeating the method. From the inside-out, thread the lace through the opposite eyelet of the row.
How to Hide Laces on Vans
Hidden laces on Vans is something that's quite commonly seen. It has allowed skaters and extreme sportsmen alike to wear Vans and other trainers without having the fear of tripping or the laces getting caught in a skateboard wheel or bike peddle. It's the exact same method as straight or bar lacing your Vans, except you don't want to then bring the laces back up to tie them at the front. Tie the laces to your desired tightness and then tuck them away so they don't show. The trick is to have the laces facing downwards through the last eyelet when you lace them so it's easier to tuck them away, and it looks neater.
How to Wear Vans
How to Wear Sk8-Hi Vans
When wearing your Sk8-Hi's, make sure they are the centre of attention. With the quilted collar and classic "jazz stripe", the SK8-Hi is guaranteed to elevate any outfit to a 'streetwear' vibe. Keeping with the influences of skate culture, opt for black wide-leg chinos, with the hem folded up. Complete the look with a striped classic T-shirt, and maybe if the weather is a bit colder, a navy coach jacket.
How to Wear Old Skool Vans
If the Sk8-Hi is a bit too high for you, then opt for the alternative Old Skool. Take advantage of the low-rise model with Edwin's denim and fold-up hem. Next, opt for the go-to white T-shirt as an under layer. Lastly, throw over a denim jacket in a slightly darker tone for a safe but clashing texture look.
How to Lace Vans Authentic
For keeping your look simple, opt for the OG of Vans. The authentic shoes work great with any classic look during any season of the year. Saying that, a favourite look for our editors is the double denim combo. With an authentic trainer of choice, opt for a blue denim jacket to complete the outfit. Keeping the under layer simple with a white T-shirt while taking a step into a pair of black denim jeans will have you looking good with minimal effort required.
History of Vans Trainers
The coolest brand in Southern California turns 50 this year. To celebrate we're going to take a trip down memory lane of the brand driving lifestyle and skate culture. During the 50 years, Vans has come a long way from the first store opening to now being sold on every shoe shelf globally. Founded in 1966 by Paul and Jim Van Doren, Vans began at barely anyThe latest news from style, life, arts, and culture and everything in between. Whether it's a new brand arriving into our style, our latest drops and editorials. You will never miss a beat with us.