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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, 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.

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• 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.

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Nike Mavrk 6.0s with Double Sided Lacing
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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.

Photos of Variations (sent by site visitors)

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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" 27" | 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54"
Comparative Length (each color shoelace):
Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
• These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker.
• For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Double Sided Shoelaces
Mr Lacy Clubbies shoelaces Mr Lacy Clubbies:

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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Related Links
Double Lacing Double Lacing

Similar looking bi-color method with the laces running at a steeper angle and the colors overlapping.

Criss Cross Lacing Criss Cross Lacing

Single-colored lacing method on which this bi-colored method is based.

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