Double Sided Lacing

Double Sided Lacing

Two flat shoelaces on top of each other, or one shoelace with different colors on the front and back, will alternate those colors up the shoe.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• Start with two different colored flat shoelaces, each the correct length for that shoe.

• Hold both flat shoelaces together to resemble a double-thickness, double-sided shoelace.

• Using that double-sided shoelace, lace the shoe normally as per Criss Cross Lacing. At each set of eyelets, folding the laces carefully will alternate the color that sits uppermost.

• At the top of the shoe, once again hold the two ends at each side together as though they are one double-thickness shoelace and tie a regular Shoelace Knot.


Decorative look

Harder to tighten

Harder to tie


• When using two laces, ensure that they are fairly thin because each eyelet has to accommodate two layers of shoelace.

• To make tying easier, leave the ends of one color shoelace tucked into the top of the shoe and only tie with the remaining ends of the other color.

• The technique detailed above is effectively a double sided variation of basic Criss Cross Lacing. However, the concept of lacing the shoe with two flat shoelaces of different colors on top of each other (or with a double-sided shoelace) can be similarly applied to many other Lacing Methods, as seen in the following gallery.

Shoelace Lengths for Double Sided Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for each color: 71 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"

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

Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

More details.

Mr Lacy Clubbies Shoelaces

Mr Lacy Clubbies shoelaces

These double-sided shoelaces from Mr Lacy are called “Clubbies” because they feature the team colors of popular soccer clubs. Creates the same bi-colored effect without the hassle of tightening and tying doubled-up shoelaces.

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