How to tie Aoife Pumps Irish Dance Shoes

How to tie Aoife Pumps

This is part of our “How to” series on choosing and using Irish Dancewear, How to tie the many types of Irish Dance shoes we offer is a question we get asked frequently so here’s a video and a text version in case you prefer that.

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Step by Step Instructions

  • When the shoe arrives it will already be laced in a criss cross pattern, with two laces coming through the back loops. 
  • Ensure the laces are loose and place the foot into the shoe.  Pull the laces tightly around the foot starting from the front to the back. 
  • Adjust the laces where necessary.  It is also important to note that there won’t be a shoe specific for right and left foot, but after your first wear, you should decide which shoe will be which and stick to this.
  • Take one lace from the back loop and cross it over the ankle and pull it through the first eyelet inside out.  Repeat this on the other side.
  • The two laces should be tied in a knot and then a bow.  It is also important to double knot the bow so that the laces do not come undone during dances.
  • Excess laces can be cut or tucked in for a neater look. 
  • It is important to note that the laces should NOT be tied under the foot, if you still feel that the shoe is loose, there is an additional way to tie the shoes for additional tightness.

How to tie Aoife Pumps with Additional Tightness

  • When the shoe arrives it will already be laced in a criss cross pattern, with two laces coming through the back loops. 
  • Ensure the laces are loose and place the foot into the shoe.  Pull the laces tightly around the foot starting from the front to the back. 
  • Adjust the laces where necessary.  It is also important to note that there won’t be a shoe specific for right and left foot, but after your first wear, you should decide which shoe will be which and stick to this.
  • Take one lace from the back loop and cross it over the ankle and pull it through the first eyelet inside out.  Repeat this on the other side.
  • Then cross the laces over the ankle again and back through the eyelet, again, inside out.
  • This should provide additional tightness.
  • The two laces should be tied in a knot and then a bow.  It is also important to double knot the bow so that the laces do not come undone during dances.
  • Excess laces can be cut or tucked in for a neater look.

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