This purely decorative lacing forms a hexagram, or six pointed star. This geometric symbol has been used for centuries in
various cultures and religions, most notably as the Jewish "Star of David".
Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
NOTE: These instructions only describe the center of the basic Hexagram, which is extended at top and/or bottom with
either crossovers or vertical sections.
Lacing Technique (central section):
• Begin with one end (yellow) quite a bit longer than the other end (blue).
• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip
past two sets of eyelets).
• The left (yellow) end runs in a complete loop as follows: Straight down on the inside and out through the next
lower eyelet, straight across on the outside and in through the opposite eyelet, back up on the inside and back across on the
outside to complete the loop.
• Run both ends straight down on the inside and out through the next lower set of eyelets.
• Cross the ends on the outside and feed under the sides and out through the set of eyelets three rows higher up
the shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets) to complete the Hexagram.
Suits dress shoes
Harder to tighten
17% longer ends (on average)
If the crossovers of the laces are carefully woven as shown, there will be a couple of benefits. Firstly, it accurately
depicts the rotational symmetry of the traditional "Star of David". Secondly, each point of the Hexagram has the same number
of overpasses and underpasses, which helps to maintain the shape more securely.
This lacing works best with thinner or flat laces because several eyelets have to accommodate two passes of shoelace.
Shoelace Lengths for Hexagram Lacing
Pairs of eyelets:
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+17% on average).