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.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1

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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.


Decorative look

Regular tightening

Regular tying

Hard to get bi-color laces


Where bi-color shoelaces are not available, an alternative is to use two half-shoelaces of different colors, either knotted together to form a full-length bi-color shoelace (as per variation 2), or each half tied off with a stopper-knot and fed separately through the bottom eyelets (as per variation 3).

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"

NOTE: These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker. For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Available 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


These shoelaces from Ringelspitz are available on the German website Amazon.de.

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

Buy from Amazon.de (Germany)

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