Angled Checker Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Doubling up two different colored laces and weaving them through each other forms a dense angled two-color checker pattern.

Six pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
Flip
Step
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Lacing Technique – 8 pairs of eyelets

• Start with two different colored shoelaces, preferably flat but not too wide.

• Feed one shoelace (purple) into the bottom left eyelet. Feed half way through so that the two loose ends are of equal length. From this point onwards, those two halves are held together flatly as though they are one double-thickness shoelace.

• Feed the second shoelace (orange) into the bottom-right eyelet, again feeding half way through and again holding the two halves together flatly.

• Cross the two double-thickness shoelaces, then feed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• Run the left (orange) ends diagonally upwards on the outside and feed in through the third higher eyelet up the shoe (skip past two rows).

• Run the ends straight up the inside and emerge through the next higher eyelet.

• Run the ends diagonally downwards on the outside and feed in through the third lower eyelet down the shoe (skip past two rows).

• Run the ends straight up the inside and emerge through the next higher eyelet.

• Run the ends diagonally upwards on the outside and feed in through the second-from-top eyelet.

• Hold together both halves of the right (purple) shoelace and repeat the above steps in reverse to follow a mirror-image path of the left (orange) shoelace.

• At each intersection, ensure that one half of the right (purple) shoelace weaves over and under the intersecting left (orange) segments while the other half weaves under and over.

• With the checkered section completed, cross the two double-thickness shoelaces once again, then feed under the sides and out through the top eyelets.

• At the top of the shoe, once again hold the two half-shoelaces at each side together as though they are one double-thickness shoelace and use them to tie your Shoelace Knot.

Features

Decorative look

Tricky to tighten

Tricky to tie

“Lengthens” ends

Notes

• This lacing works best with thin, flat shoelaces because each eyelet has to accommodate a double-thickness of shoelace.

Shoelace Lengths for Angled Checker Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
10 pairs145 cm57 in+4.8 cm+1.9 in
9 pairs134 cm53 in+4.8 cm+1.9 in
8 pairs124 cm49 in+4.8 cm+1.9 in
7 pairs113 cm45 in+4.8 cm+1.9 in
6 pairs103 cm41 in+4.8 cm+1.9 in
5, 4, 3, 2 pairs = (N/A)

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 lengths

• Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively lengthens the ends.

More details about length comparisons.

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