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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
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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Adidas Game Mids with Double Lacing
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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 can even be 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)
Black Converse hi-tops with white trim and cyan & yellow combination of Double Lacing and Army Lacing (from Kenneth M) - Click to enlarge
Army
Black Converse hi-tops with white trim and cyan & yellow combination of Double Lacing and Bow Tie Lacing (from Kenneth M) - Click to enlarge
Bow Tie
Lavender Fallen skate shoes with blue & white trim and fluoro green, black & white combination of Double Lacing and Checkerboard Lacing (from Andrew Y) - Click to enlarge
Checkerboard
Red & yellow Nike SBs with white trim and red & white Double Lacing (from Brian) - Click to enlarge
Criss Cross
Black & white Osiris sneakers with gold trim and orange & blue combination of Double Lacing and Display Shoe Lacing (from Chase) - Click to enlarge
Display Shoe
Black, grey & white Sneaux sneakers with grey & white combination of Double Lacing and Double Helix Lacing (from Helena) - Click to enlarge
Double Helix
Grey, black & silver Nike Dunk Highs with reflective trim and red & black combination of Double Lacing and Hash Lacing (from Kaycee Epoch) - Click to enlarge
Hash
Black & brown Converse Double Uppers with white trim and black & white combination of Double Lacing and Lattice Lacing (from Kevin K) - Click to enlarge
Lattice
Black & grey Airwalk sneakers with white & pink trim and fluoro pink & fluoro yellow combination of Double Lacing and Pentagram Lacing (from Meg R) - Click to enlarge
Pentagram
Patterned grey Converse All-Stars with white trim and grey & white combination of Double Lacing and Shoe Shop Lacing (from Lee) - Click to enlarge
Shoe Shop
Black Converse hi-tops with white trim and cyan & yellow combination of Double Lacing and Spider Web Lacing (from Kenneth M) - Click to enlarge
Spider Web
Black boots with red & white combination of Double Lacing and Starburst Lacing (from Zoe L) - Click to enlarge
Starburst
Black & grey Converse Double Uppers with white trim and black & white combination of Double Lacing and Straight Bar Lacing (from Yerala) - Click to enlarge
Straight Bar
Black Converse hi-tops with white trim and black & white combination of Double Lacing and Zipper Lacing (from Kenneth M) - Click to enlarge
Zipper
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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"
• 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
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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