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Half & Half Lacing
Shoelaces can be purchased with half one color and half another color. An alternative is to dye one half of a normal shoelace with a different color, or to use two half shoelaces of different colors. Any of these variations creates an interesting bi-color effect.
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Lacing Technique 1 - Bi-Color Shoelace:
• Start with a bi-color shoelace, where half the length is one color and the other half is a different color.
• Begin straight across on the inside (straight section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.
Variations:
1 Use a bi-color shoelace, where half the length is a different color.
2 Use two half-shoelaces of different colors knotted together.
3 Use two half-shoelaces of different colors, each knotted separately.
Features:
Decorative look
Regular tightening
Regular tying
Hard to get bi-color laces


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Shoelace Lengths for Half & Half Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for bi-color shoelace: 70 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"
Length needed for knotted halves (each half): 38 cm
15 inch
43 cm
17 inch
48 cm
19 inch
54 cm
21 inch
59 cm
23 inch
64 cm
25 inch
69 cm
27 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27"
Length needed for separate halves (each half): 35 cm
14 inch
40 cm
16 inch
46 cm
18 inch
51 cm
20 inch
56 cm
22 inch
62 cm
24 inch
67 cm
26 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27"
• These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker.
• For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.


Half & Half Shoelaces
Tying Is A Snap shoelaces Tying Is A Snap:
These shoelaces from TyingIsASnap.com come with a plastic "snap" fitting in the middle of the lace, allowing easy mixing of different colors and textures.

The laces are specifically designed for teaching kids to tie shoelaces, with a length suited to kid-sized shoes, plus they have a nice texture for good grip and security.
Shoe Tying Made Simple shoelaces Shoe Tying Made Simple:
These shoelaces from JunctionOfFunction.com are part of their "Shoe Tying Made Simple" kit for teaching children.

Available in a limited range of colors and lengths: 42-inch for kid-sized shoes or 50-inch for adolescent-sized shoes.
Joy! shoelaces Joy!:
These shoelaces from Ringelspitz were previously available on the German site Amazon.de, but seem to be currently out of stock.

The laces were available in three color combinations (black/white, blue/green, orange/purple) and in one length (120 cm).


Other Half & Half Lacing Variations
The following section contains five additional examples of the Half & Half lacing technique applied to different Lacing Methods. These five were chosen not because they are the only possibilities but simply because they look interesting. In fact, the Half & Half technique can be applied to ANY regular lacing method in order to transform it into a bi-color method.
Half & Half / Straight Bar Lacing photo Half & Half / Straight Bar Lacing
Half & Half / Straight Bar Lacing diagram
Half & Half / Straight Bar Lacing
Half & Half / Lattice Lacing photo Half & Half / Lattice Lacing
Half & Half / Lattice Lacing diagram
For lacing technique, see the regular Lattice Lacing page.
Half & Half / Loop Back Lacing photo Half & Half / Loop Back Lacing
Half & Half / Loop Back Lacing diagram
For lacing technique, see the regular Loop Back Lacing page.
Half & Half / Spider Web Lacing photo Half & Half / Spider Web Lacing
Half & Half / Spider Web Lacing diagram
For lacing technique, see the regular Spider Web Lacing page.
Half & Half / Zipper Lacing photo Half & Half / Zipper Lacing
Half & Half / Zipper Lacing diagram
For lacing technique, see the regular Zipper Lacing page.
Half & Half / Criss Cross Lacing with multiple colors photo
Three or More Colors
Finally, note that the left and right shoes do not have to be laced with the same colors. Use different colors on the two shoes to end up with a total of three or four colors. This is great when representing countries or teams whose flags or emblems require more than two colors.


Photos of Variations (sent by site visitors)
Cyan Converse All-Stars with black & white trim and patterned brown, yellow & pink combination of Half & Half Lacing and Army Lacing and Riding Boot Lacing (from Idamaria L) - Click to enlarge
Army + Riding Boot
Black Reebok sneakers with blue & red combination of Half & Half Lacing and Bow Tie Lacing (from Bradd) - Click to enlarge
Bow Tie
Grey & white Sneaux Bings with black trim and black, white & grey combination of Half & Half Lacing and Checkerboard Lacing (from Jonathan Y) - Click to enlarge
Checkerboard
Black sneakers with patterned black & white trim and navy blue & cyan combination of Half & Half Lacing and Display Shoe Lacing (from Mattos B) - Click to enlarge
Display Shoe
Patterned black & gold K-Swiss sneakers with purple & black combination of Half & Half Lacing and Zipper Lacing and Display Shoe Lacing (from Jille B) - Click to enlarge
Display Shoe + Zipper
White Reebok Classics with red & blue trim and red, green, blue & black combination of Half & Half Lacing and Double Lacing (from Dina) - Click to enlarge
Double
Purple Converse All-Stars with black & white trim and green & black combination of Half & Half Lacing and Double Back Lacing and Train Track Lacing (from Idamaria L) - Click to enlarge
Double Back + Train Track
White sneakers with black trim and red & black combination of Half & Half Lacing and Double Cross Lacing (from GCLee) - Click to enlarge
Double Cross
Denim sneakers with white trim and red & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Double Helix Lacing (from GCLee) - Click to enlarge
Double Helix
Black sneakers with white trim and red & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Hash Lacing (from GCLee) - Click to enlarge
Hash
Grey Marc Eckos with cyan & white trim and cyan & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Straight Bar Lacing and Knotted Lacing and Lattice Lacing (from Kajmir Royale) - Click to enlarge
Knotted + Lattice
Brown Gravis Cortexs with white trim and brown & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Ladder Lacing (from Victor B) - Click to enlarge
Ladder
Grey & white Nike SBs with red & yellow trim and cyan & yellow combination of Half & Half Lacing and Lattice Lacing (from Pesky) - Click to enlarge
Lattice
Black sneakers with multi-colored trim and black & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Loop Back Lacing (from Brandon C) - Click to enlarge
Loop Back
White sneakers with black trim and green, yellow & red combination of Half & Half Lacing and Loop Back Lacing (from Piotrek R) - Click to enlarge
Loop Back (angled)
Black Etnies sneakers with cyan & white trim and black & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Loop Back Lacing and Checkerboard Lacing (from Scott C) - Click to enlarge
Loop Back + Checkerboard
Green & white Fallen sneakers with black trim and black & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Lug Loop Back Lacing (from Tyler L) - Click to enlarge
Lug Loop Back
White Converse All-Stars with red & black trim and black & white combination of Half & Half Lacing and Over Under Lacing (from Marcus Å) - Click to enlarge
Over Under
Black Adidas Vespas with white trim and fluoro green, fluoro orange, fluoro yellow & fluoro pink combination of Pentagram Lacing and Double Sided Lacing and Half & Half Lacing (from Eugen) - Click to enlarge
Pentagram
Black Reebok sneakers with blue & fluoro yellow combination of Half & Half Lacing and Sawtooth Lacing (from Bradd) - Click to enlarge
Sawtooth
Black Flight sneakers with red & white trim and pale blue & red combination of Half & Half Lacing and Spider Web Lacing (from Anonymous) - Click to enlarge
Spider Web
Grey & black Converse hi-tops with patterned brown, black & red trim and red & black Half & Half Lacing (from Francesco) - Click to enlarge
Straight Bar
Yellow Radii Stranglers with black & white trim and black & yellow combination of Half & Half Lacing and Supernova Lacing (from Marcus N) - Click to enlarge
Supernova
White sneakers with black trim and red & black combination of Half & Half Lacing and Zipper Lacing (from GCLee) - Click to enlarge
Zipper
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Related Links
Criss Cross Lacing Criss Cross Lacing
Identical lacing for single-color shoelaces (although the diagrams are bi-colored).
Half & Half Straight Bar Lacing H&H Straight Bar Lacing
Same Half & Half shoelace technique applied to Straight Bar Lacing.

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