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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
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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 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.



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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 below for some more examples.



Photos of Variations (sent by site visitors)

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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:

Tie the knot using the two ends at each side held together like double-thickness shoelaces.

(Best with flat shoelaces).

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

Tie only the top ends, while the second-from-top ends are simply tucked into the shoe.

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.

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

Tie two knots along the shoe - one knot using the two left ends and the other knot using the two right ends.

These are only some of the possibilities. Your only limit is your imagination and your definitions of "decorative" and "messy".



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"
Comparative Length (each color shoelace):
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+48% 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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Double Sided Lacing Double Sided Lacing

Similar looking bi-color method with the laces running at a shallow angle and not overlapping.

Double Back Lacing Double Back Lacing

Similar looking method laced with a single colored shoelace.


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