Step One: Start by completely unlacing the shoe if it is not already done.
Step Two: Take the lace and thread it through the bottom two holes of the shoe making
sure to go through the top of the hole first. Make sure the lace stays as flat as
possible between the two holes.
Step Three: Take the end of the lace that is closest to the inside of the foot and
thread it through the second last hole on the opposite side of the shoe. Make sure
to start at the bottom of the hole and come out on the top.
Step Four: Take the other side of the lace and slide it under the first side of
the lace and through the bottom of the second hole on the opposite side of the shoe.
Step Five: Take the same side of the lace and thread it through the second hole
on the other side of the shoe. Make sure to go through the top of the hole and come
out on the bottom. Repeat Steps Four & Five until you reach the second last hole
at the top of the shoe (See Step Six before continuing!).
Step Six: Most cleats have a loop hole sewn into the tongue of the shoe that holds
the tongue in place when the laces are tightened. Make sure to thread the lace through
this loop hole when you come to it.
Step Seven: Once you are finished you should still have one hole free on each side
of the shoe. Both sides of the lace should also be coming out of the top of the
hole on each side.
Step Eight: Take each side of the lace and thread it through the last hole on the
same side of the shoe. Make sure to go through the top of the hole and come out
on the bottom. This will create a tiny loop on each side of the shoe called a 'Heel
Step Nine: At this point the two sides of the lace are probably not even in length.
Take the time to even out both sides of the lace by adjusting the appropriate side
Step Ten: Once both sides of the lace are even, cross them over and thread each
one through the loop created on the opposite side of the shoe and pull them tight.
Step Eleven: Begin to tie your shoe as you normally would by crossing the two laces
over and under each other and pulling them tight.
Step Twelve: At this point, if you let go of the lace the top of the shoe will loosen.
You can prevent this from happening by repeating Step Eleven and crossing the two
sides of the lace over and under each other a second time and pulling it tight.
This time when you let the lace go, you will notice that it stays nice and tight.
Step Thirteen: Finish tieing your shoe as you normally would by creating one large
loop with one side of the lace and threading the other side through to create the
second loop. Make sure to pull them nice and tight. Most new cleats have a velcro
fastener on the bottom of the tongue and on top of the shoe. Secure them together
and you are finished.
Some players prefer to use laces that are really long. In this case we recommend
that before you complete steps Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen you wrap the lace around
the bottom of the shoe as tight as you can.
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