Hash Lacing

Hash Lacing

Like Double Cross Lacing, this method is also created by running three steps forward, one step back. The result resembles a diagonal series of hash “#” symbols.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
Pairs
8
8
8
7
7
6
6
6
5
5
4
Step
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0

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Lacing Technique – 8 pairs, Variation 1 – Regular hashes, gap at top & bottom

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two rows).

• Run both ends straight down on the inside and emerge through the next lower set of eyelets.

• Continue three rows up on the outside, one row back on the inside, finishing with the ends feeding under the sides and out through the top eyelets.

Variations

• Variation 1 has two empty rows of eyelets, resulting in hash symbols of a consistent height and angle.

• Variation 2 uses all eyelets, resulting in irregular hashes at top and/or bottom. This looks less consistent but feels more secure, plus it uses more shoelace. Shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs usually require one or more irregular hashes.

• Variation 3 runs the lacing at a shallower angle to produce non-overlapping compressed hashes.

Features

Decorative look

Harder to tighten

39% longer ends (approx.)

Shoelace Lengths for Hash Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 4 5 6 (a) 6 (b) 7 8 (a) 8 (b)
Length needed: 87 cm
34 inch
89 cm
35 inch
91 cm
36 inch
104 cm
41 inch
106 cm
42 inch
108 cm
43 inch
121 cm
48 inch
Lengths available: 36" 36" 36" 40" 40" 45" 45"

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

Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+39% on average).

More details.

Hash Lacing Feedback

I just wanted to let you know that I have since used your guidelines and laced my shoes with the hash lace. That is one crazy lacing pattern. Looks good on my skate shoes, which never need tightening because I don't skate (so I just keep 'em tied).

– Sushi, Orange County, CA, USA, Jul-2004

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