How To Tighten Hey Dude Shoes? Full Guide For 3 Types

Hey Dude shoes sometimes you may need to tighten to get a more snug fit and enhance safety. This article will show you how to tighten them, also for different types of shoes. We’ll share some tips on how to keep it in top condition. 

How Do You Tighten Hey Dude Shoes?

To tighten your Hey Dude shoes, there are still a few ways to make them fit more snugly. You can tie a bow by looping the laces around the eyelets. 

Alternatively, if you are wearing a single-lace shoe, you can create a loop by threading one end through the other to create a knot, repeating about 4 times for each lace.  You would then pull on both laces to tighten the knot. This is called a “Granny knot”. 

Typically, when you first purchase your Hey Dude shoes, they are pre-laced and do not need to be tied, as the laces are designed to be slip-on and easy to take off. The Hey Dude Wally, Paul, Jack, and Walsh men’s shoes and Wendy and Polly women’s shoes also have the same lace-up design, which allows you to slip on your shoes easily without having to tie them or lace them up like other shoes.

However, if you want a tighter, more snug fit, you can follow the instructions above. Additionally, there are different ways to tie your shoes depending on the type of shoe you are wearing. 

Below are the instructions on how to tighten your shoes for the three most popular types: Wally, Wendy, and Mistrai.

Hey Dude Wally

These instructions are more effective with Hey Dude shoes with snap or tap laces, as they help the shoes fit more snugly to your feet.

Step 1: Snug fit check

Hold both ends of the laces and pull them apart until you feel it is snug to your feet. Note, adjust to avoid being too tight causing pain when walking.

Step 2: Tie knot

Continue to tie a half knot by crossing the two ends of the laces over each other, and the lugs will help you secure the laces without having to tie a knot like others.


To tie the Hey Dude Wendy Lace-up shoes, we will guide you on how to tie them tightly to prevent them from loosening when you walk or run:

Step 1: Tightening the laces

First, pull both sides of the laces until the shoes fit snugly on your feet. Avoid pulling too hard, as too much tension will lead to pain when you are active.

Step 2: Creating a locking knot

Next, untie the knot at the end of the laces, so that it is easier to adjust and tie the laces again. Then, create a loop with the lace and thread the end through it to create a locking knot. When you tie, make sure that the knot is close to the shoe to help it fit snugly. Repeat the process for the other end of the lace.

Note: If you find that the laces are too long, you can cut them shorter for a neater look. After cutting, lightly singe the ends of the lace with a flame to prevent fraying. However, if your Hey Dude shoes are still under warranty, you should not cut the laces.

 Tying up shoe lace of sneakers

Hey Dude Mistral

For the Mistral sneakers, the lace design of this model is a standard lace design different from the models above. Here we will share a few ways to help you tie them tighter:

Method 1: Tie the reinforced crack knot

Step 1: Tying a half knot

You will tie a half knot and pull the two laces apart to tighten. Then, pull the two ends out and create two loops. Now, you continue to thread the left loop up and down the right loop to create a knot.

Step 2: Threading the left and right loop

Instead of pulling them tight as usual, hold them loosely when you start to thread them through the middle loop.

Step 3: Switching and tightening 

Now, switch the two loops, right up and left down. Continue to pull the two loops tight to complete.

Method 2: Double knot

Step 1: Create the knot

Hold the shoelaces in your hands and create two bunny ears, one using the left lace and the other with the right. Then, weave them together in the same way you do for regular sports shoes. This is known as a reef knot.

Note: When tying, make sure the bow has long loops so that you can cross them over each other.

Step 2: Make two loops 

Now, form a “X” shaped knot. Take the left loop over the right one, and pull it through the middle opening. Finish by tugging on both loops to set your tidy bow in place.

Additional Advice For Easy Tightening 

For lace-less Hey Dude shoes, wearing socks can help snugly fit your feet, filling any gaps. Additionally, when buying, you should choose a size that hugs your feet. And utilize a shoe horn for an easier foot entry.

You might attempt to reduce the size of them or other canvas sneakers by washing them in warm water. Make sure to let them dry naturally.

Note: Please remember that this method doesn’t provide precise control over the shrinking. Also, making changes or wearing the shoes might void their warranty. This method is best suited for older pairs.

If you are concerned about untied laces. A double knot is a great choice. It keeps extended laces in check without the need for trimming.

Using socks when bring shoes can help snugly fit

Are Hey Dude Shoes Sized Bigger Or Smaller?

The fit of Hey Dudes varies depending on the style of shoe and the individual buyer. However, in general, Hey Dude’s regular shoes run true to size and women’s shoes run a little bit wider. However, some designs may run smaller or larger than the typical size. They even have super wide options for those with wider feet. 

Additionally, they do not offer half sizes. If you find yourself stuck between sizes, consider going up a size for a looser fit or down a size for a more snug fit.

Can Hey Dude Shoes Stretch? 

Yes, Hey Dude shoes are made of flexible materials that are stretchy and can widen a bit after using certain stretch methods or sprays. Moreover, most of them are made from canvas, which tends to give a little over time, especially after you’ve worn them for a while.

To make your snug Hey Dude shoes a bit roomier, you can try various methods. You can use stretching sprays, employing shoe stretchers. However, if you find the slight expansion bothersome, you can always wear socks or use the shoe-tightening tips from the earlier section.

Tips For Keeping Hey Dude Shoes In Top Condition 

Following our simple tips will help you keep your shoes looking and feeling their best for many years to come.

  • In the morning, you should avoid wearing Hey Dudes as your feet may swell slightly, affecting the fit.
  • When wearing shoes, you should always wear fresh socks, which helps to protect your shoes from damage such as scratches or tears.
  • During the day, you should periodically adjust and retie your laces. This helps to keep your feet stable and comfortable in your shoes.
  • Do not tighten your laces too much to the point where your feet feel uncomfortable.
  • Take advantage of the last lacing holes on each side to lace your shoes tightly, if necessary


If your Hey Dude shoes are feeling a bit loose, you can follow the tips in this article. There are a few different ways to tighten these shoes, depending on the style of shoes and your personal preference. 

Jena Oralie

Jena Oralie

Jena Oralie, the fashion designer and fashion role model of Outfitoza. She had a totally modern, intense look: a unique blend of masculine and feminine. He has more than 10 years of experience in shoe design and other foundations of fashion, starting at a young age and accumulating experience.