Installation Options

Hidden Mode - No End Clips Used


When using "stealth or hidden mode", the Lace Anchors® are mounted on the inside of the of the top eyelets and are hidden from view. This is great for a super clean, hardware-free look. When using this hidden mode, do not use the included end clips.

Visible Mode - Use End Clips

performance mode

When using "visible mode" the Lace Anchors® are mounted on the outside of the of the top eyelets and are in clear view. This is great for people who may want have quick access to adjustments. Use the included end clips for a finished look.

Installation Steps

Installation Videos

This video will walk you through a detailed installation of the Xpand® lacing system explaining every option. We strongly recommend first-time users to watch this video to ensure a perfect fit.

Bar-Lacing Installation Video

This is a great low-tension pattern for casual wear. Kids love the look of this pattern and it allows them to easily slip on their shoes. This is also great for anyone who has feet that swell throughout the day.

How to Use Elastic Xpand Shoelaces

Want to know how to keep your shoes tied — forever? Discover Xpand’s hidden shoelaces, the revolutionary no-tie, slip-on lacing system that stays tied and ensures a comfortable fit, every time you wear your shoes. Xpand shows you how to tie elastic laces with our short, easy-to-follow videos.


How to Tie No-Tie Shoelaces

Hide your shoelaces with Xpand, and you’ll slip your shoes on and off easily, with a customized, elastic memory fit. The Xpand Lacing System is easy to install and adjust. For the best results, don’t trim the ends of your laces right away — instead, wear your shoes for up to one day with Xpand, and adjust the tension if necessary. Once you have found your perfect fit, trim them to your desired length. Now you’re ready for wherever your day takes you!

To install Xpand Laces:

  1. Lace your shoes in the desired style. Crossed laces are better for running because you can lace them tightly, while bar lacing is better for casual wear with a looser tension fit — and for those whose feet sometimes swell.
  2. Decide if you want your lace anchors on the outside (Visible Mode) or inside (Stealth Mode) of your shoes. Visible Mode is better if your laces will need frequent adjustments. For Visible Mode, lace your shoes so the ends fall on the outside of the top eyelets. For Stealth Mode, the lace ends should land on the inside of the top eyelets of the shoe.
  3. Slide your foot into your shoe and adjust for desired tightness. Tighter laces are better for exercise and vigorous activities.
  4. For Visible installation: Insert lace end into center hole of lace anchor. Push anchor down so it lies flat against the shoe. Loop lace end through top hole and pull to desired tightness. Fold lace end over the top of the anchor, and snap it through the bottom slot. Lace is now locked in place. Repeat on other side.
  5. For Stealth installation: Slide lace anchors down until they touch the inside of your shoe. Loop end through top hole and adjust for tightness. Fold end over the top of the anchor and snap it through the slot. Lace is now locked in place. Repeat on other side.
  6. Tie a loose bow knot. This allows you to wear your shoes for a day to make sure you like the amount of tension.
  7. Trim your laces once you’re sure you have the perfect fit. Quickly singe each lace end with a lighter — just for a second, adults only. Too much heat can burn or melt the laces.
  8. Install end clips for Visible Mode. Push lace end through hole and pinch end clip together. Tuck end clips under laces or let hang loose. To remove end clips, push on tabs. Stealth Mode does not use end clips.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to Xpand.

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