Double Sided Lacing

Using two flat shoelaces on top of each other, or using a single shoelace with different colors on the front and back, will alternate those colors up the shoe.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• Start with two different colored flat shoelaces, each the correct length for that shoe.

• Hold both flat shoelaces together to resemble a double-thickness, double-sided shoelace.

• Using that double-sided shoelace, lace the shoe normally as per Criss Cross Lacing. At each set of eyelets, folding the laces carefully will alternate the color that sits uppermost.

• At the top of the shoe, once again hold the two ends at each side together as though they are one double-thickness shoelace and tie a regular Shoelace Knot.


Decorative look

Harder to tighten

Harder to tie


• When using two laces, ensure that they are fairly thin because each eyelet has to accommodate two layers of shoelace.

• To make tying easier, leave the ends of one color shoelace tucked into the top of the shoe and only tie with the remaining ends of the other color.

Double Sided Lacing Variations

The technique shown above is effectively a double sided variation of Criss Cross Lacing. However, the same double sided concept can be applied to any lacing method to turn it into a bi-color variation with alternating colors. See below for some photos of variations.

Gallery of Double Sided Lacing Variations

DC sneakers with Double Sided / Angled Checker Lacing (from Anderson) Globe sneakers with Double Sided / Checkerboard Lacing (from Chobitsank) Nike 6.0s with Double Sided / Criss Cross Lacing (from Alex T) Globe sneakers with Double Sided / Double Cross / Spider Web Lacing (from Chobitsank) Fila hi-tops with Double Sided / Double Cross Lacing (from Anonymous) Converse sneakers with Double Sided / Double Helix Lacing (from Raven M) Converse Mr Freezes with Double Sided / Hexagram Lacing (from Guillermo B) Lakai Soca 2 50/50s with Double Sided / Lattice Lacing (from Axel B) Airwalk Outlaw 3s with Double Sided / Lattice Lacing (from Doc Buddha) Lakai hi-tops with Double Sided / Lattice Lacing (from Josh M) Heelys skate shoes with Double Sided / Lattice Lacing (from Reko R) Osiris Harlems with Double Sided / Lattice Lacing (from Cody M) Puma sneakers with Double Sided / Lattice Lacing (from Cash) Converse Double Tongues with Double Sided / Loop Back Lacing (from Romain S) Converse hi-tops with Double Sided / Over Under Lacing (from Molly G) Adidas sneakers with Double Sided / Over Under Lacing (from Anonymous) Adidas Vespas with Double Sided / Pentagram Lacing (from Eugen) Nike Air Max 90s with Double Sided / Shoe Shop Lacing (from Craig W) British Knights hi-tops with Double Sided / Spider Web Lacing (from Michelle M) Black shoes with Double Sided / Straight European Lacing (from Dmitry) Converse hi-tops with Double Sided / Zig Zag Lacing (from Isadora) Converse hi-tops with Double Sided / Zipper Lacing (from Hannah P)

Shoelace Lengths for Double Sided Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for each color: 71 cm
28 inch
81 cm
32 inch
92 cm
36 inch
102 cm
40 inch
113 cm
44 inch
123 cm
48 inch
134 cm
53 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54"

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

Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

More details.

Mr Lacy Clubbies Shoelaces

Mr Lacy Clubbies shoelaces

These double-sided shoelaces from Mr Lacy are called "Clubbies" because they feature the team colors of popular soccer clubs. Creates the same bi-colored effect without the hassle of tightening and tying doubled-up shoelaces.

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