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Checkerboard Lacing

Running one shoelace horizontally, then weaving another color through it vertically, forms an attractive two-color checkerboard pattern. Best with wide, flat shoelaces.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets
Pairs
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Lacing Technique:

• Start with two pairs of different color laces, preferably the wide, flat variety.

• With one color (orange in my diagram), begin with one end tucked into the bottom left of the shoe. Run the shoelace straight across on the outside, then straight up on the inside.

• Repeat running across on the outside and up on the inside, back and forth and up, until you reach the top of the shoe, where that end is also tucked in.

• With the other color (purple in my diagram), begin with one end tucked into the bottom left of the shoe. Run the shoelace straight up, weaving in and out of the other shoelace until you reach the top.

• Fold around the top lace and head back down, weaving in and out until you reach the bottom.

• Continue across the shoe, weaving up and down until you are out of room or out of lace, whichever comes first.

• Tuck the final loose end into the shoe.

Features:
Most popular!
Decorative look
Slip-on or off
Loose fit
41% longer ends (approx.) (horizontal sections)
Notes:

When completed, this lacing forms a sort of loose, springy weave that does not bind strongly. It's designed for wide-fronted sneakers that people usually wear loose with the laces either dragging or tucked in. Sort of like a trendy slip-on.

Variations:

1 For a slightly tighter fit, use wider or rougher laces to increase friction and thus support more tension.

Ends tied across the top instead of tucked in - Click to enlarge below2 For greater security, do the checkerboard lacing only up to the second eyelets from the top, then tie the shoelaces normally across the top two eyelets.
(Click photo at right to enlarge in the gallery below)


Single color instead of bi-color checker - Click to enlarge below3 For a different look, use a single long shoelace of one color instead of two different shoelaces. After completing the horizontal sections, use the same shoelace to weave the vertical sections. The result is a single color woven mat, which is more of a checkerboard texture than checkerboard colors.
(Click photo at right to enlarge in the gallery below)



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Shoelace Lengths for Checkerboard Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for horizontal lace: 62 cm
24 inch
68 cm
27 inch
75 cm
29 inch
81 cm
32 inch
88 cm
35 inch
95 cm
37 inch
101 cm
40 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 36" 36" 36" 40"
Length needed for 4 vertical passes: 57 cm
22 inch
63 cm
25 inch
70 cm
28 inch
77 cm
30 inch
84 cm
33 inch
90 cm
36 inch
97 cm
38 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 27" 36" 36" 36"
Length needed for 6 vertical passes: 60 cm
24 inch
70 cm
28 inch
80 cm
32 inch
90 cm
36 inch
100 cm
40 inch
111 cm
44 inch
121 cm
48 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 45"
Length needed for 8 vertical passes: 63 cm
25 inch
77 cm
30 inch
90 cm
36 inch
104 cm
41 inch
117 cm
46 inch
131 cm
51 inch
144 cm
57 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 54"
Comparative Length (horizontal sections):
Shorter shoelaces needed than those supplied with the shoes.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+41% on average).
• These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker.
• For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.


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Related Links
Angled Checker Lacing Angled Checker Lacing

Similar woven checkerboard that lies at an angle instead of straight.

Straight Easy Lacing Straight Easy Lacing

Lacing method similar to first stage of lacing (horizontal sections).


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