There is more than one way to tie a bow for shoe laces! Take a look at this amazing shoe lacing website or watch the video and explanation on you-tube

There are multiple ways to tie shoe laces and interesting patterns as to how you lace your shoes. Take a look at the "Ian Knot" - the Worlds fastest shoelace knot. Not only have we tried it - it seems to hold better than a traditional bow knot - at least with leather laces it does. AND do you wonder why your laces keep coming undone, or why the bow on your shoes goes squint. You are tying the bow wrong! see here for the correct way to tie your laces.

As to the patterns - you will be amazed how shoes can look with the laces done in different ways.