So I just got my first pair of "nice" (i.e. leather-soled) dress shoes in the mail (Allen Edmonds, if you're curious) and was preparing to try them out when it dawned on me that I didn't really know what way to lace them up. What I ended up doing just own my on observation was take one lace, run it over the center and straight across a pair of parallel eyelets, then cross it under the gap and slant it across the center, skip a pair of eyelets (for the other lace), and then repeat the process. It looked sort of like this for one lace: o-----o / o / o / o-----o The end result was that over the center the laces were all straight and horizontal, and under the center gap they were criss-crossed. I think cursory research said it was "European" style. Anyway, I don't mean to seem fussy, but is there a specific proper way to lace one's shoes or does it not really matter at all?