Notice this - no lacing under the bars.
Like the 2nd photo my shoes don't meet.
Is the latter of the two images a prop photo or can this be done.?
If your shoes fit properly over your instep, you never see the gap, and therefore the crossed laces, when your Oxfords or Balmorals are laced tight.
That being said, follow the lacing guides above and find your own way. One's Oxford and Balmoral styled shoes and boots only have a single diagonal lacing under the vamp from bottom (toe end) to top (ankle end) and not all of that criss-crossing seen in your pictures below. Maybe your would prefer that method?
There are great benefits to being "straight-laced" not limited to elegance, but only if your shoes fit properly to start.