Double Lacing

One color shoelace runs through the odd eyelet pairs, another color runs through the even eyelet pairs. Finishes with four lace ends, which can then be tied creatively.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
Step
9
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2
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Lacing Technique

• Start with two different colored shoelaces, each shorter than the original shoelaces from that shoe.

• Feed one shoelace (purple in my diagram) straight across the bottom and emerge through the bottom two eyelets.

• Cross the ends over and, skipping one set of eyelets, feed under the sides and emerge through the third set of eyelets.

• Continue crossing over and emerging through every odd pair of eyelets until you reach either the top or second-from-top set of eyelets.

• Take the second shoelace (orange in my diagram) and, starting from the second-from-bottom set of eyelets, lace through every even pair of eyelets.

Features

Decorative look

Regular tightening

Harder to tie

48% longer ends (approx.)

Notes

If your shoes have an odd number of eyelet pairs (eg. 7 pairs = 14 eyelets), one shoelace will pass through more eyelets than the other. The two shoelaces will therefore need to be different lengths. To determine the exact lengths needed, use my Shoelace Length Calculator.

Double Lacing Variations

Double Lacing variation

The technique shown above is effectively a double variation of Criss Cross Lacing. However, several other lacing methods apply themselves equally well to Double Lacing. For example, the photo at right is a double variation of Hash Lacing, which has been interwoven to look like a bi-color Lattice Lacing.

In most cases, you can turn a normal lacing method into a double lacing method by following the instructions for one shoelace using the odd numbered pairs of eyelets (ie. 1st, 3rd, 5th pair), then the other shoelace using the even numbered eyelet pairs (ie. 2nd, 4th, 6th pair, etc).

See the following gallery for some other variations of Double Lacing.

Gallery of Double Lacing Variations

Converse hi-tops with Double / Army Lacing (from Kenneth M) Converse hi-tops with Double / Bow Tie Lacing (from Kenneth M) Fallen skate shoes with Double / Checkerboard Lacing (from Andrew Y) Nike SBs with Double / Criss Cross Lacing (from Brian) Osiris sneakers with Double / Display Shoe Lacing (from Chase) Sneaux sneakers with Double / Double Helix Lacing (from Helena) Nike Dunk Highs with Double / Hash Lacing (from Kaycee Epoch) Converse Double Uppers with Double / Lattice Lacing (from Kevin K) Airwalk sneakers with Double / Pentagram Lacing (from Meg R) Converse All-Stars with Double / Shoe Shop Lacing (from Lee) Converse hi-tops with Double / Spider Web Lacing Black boots with Double / Starburst Lacing (from Zoe L) Converse Double Uppers with Double / Straight Bar Lacing (from Yerala) Converse hi-tops with Double / Zipper Lacing

Tying Off

When finished, this method ends up with four shoelace ends at the top of the shoe. Here's where you have plenty of creative options for tying your shoes:

Double Lacing finished with either a double bow or with two ends tucked in

Tie One Knot

Tie one knot using the two ends at each side held together like double-thickness shoelaces (as per the shoe on the left) or tie a knot with only the top ends and tuck the second-from-top ends into the shoe (as per the shoe on the right).

Double Lacing finished with two bows, either across the shoe or along the shoe

Tie Two Knots

Tie two knots across the shoe - one knot across the top set of eyelets, the other knot across the second from top set of eyelets (as per the shoe on the left) or tie two knots along the shoe - one knot using the two left ends and the other knot using the two right ends (as per the shoe on the right).

These are only four of the possibilities for tying off the four loose ends. Get creative, but do try to remain practical!

Shoelace Lengths for Double Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for bottom shoelace: 60 cm
24 inch
72 cm
28 inch
72 cm
28 inch
84 cm
33 inch
84 cm
33 inch
96 cm
38 inch
96 cm
38 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 36" 36" 40" 40"
Length needed for second shoelace: 60 cm
24 inch
60 cm
24 inch
72 cm
28 inch
72 cm
28 inch
84 cm
33 inch
84 cm
33 inch
96 cm
38 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 27" 36" 36" 40"

NOTE: These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker. For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Comparative Length

Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+48% on average).

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