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.
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.
• 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.
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
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+39% on average).
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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