Half & Half Lacing

Half & Half Lacing

Shoelaces with half one color and half another color, either pre-made or by cutting and joining two laces, create an interesting bi-color effect.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
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Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – Bi-color shoelace

• Start with a bi-color shoelace, where half the length is one color and the other half is a different color.

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

• At each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.

Variations

• Variation 1 uses a bi-color shoelace, with half the length colored differently.

• Variation 2 uses two half-length shoelaces of different colors knotted together.

• Variation 3 uses two half-length shoelaces of different colors secured separately.

Features

Decorative look

Regular tightening

Regular tying

Hard to get bi-color laces

Notes

• Where bi-color shoelaces are not available, an alternative is to use two half-shoelaces of different colors, either knotted together to form a full-length bi-color shoelace (as per variation 2), or each half tied off with a stopper-knot and fed separately through the bottom eyelets (as per variation 3).

• The technique detailed above is effectively a half & half variation of basic Criss Cross Lacing. However, the concept of using two half-shoelaces of different colors can be similarly applied to many other Lacing Methods, as seen in the following gallery.

Shoelace Lengths for Half & Half Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for bi-color shoelace: 70 cm
28 inch
81 cm
32 inch
91 cm
36 inch
102 cm
40 inch
112 cm
44 inch
123 cm
48 inch
134 cm
53 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54"
Length needed for knotted halves (each half): 40 cm
16 inch
45 cm
18 inch
51 cm
20 inch
56 cm
22 inch
61 cm
24 inch
66 cm
26 inch
72 cm
28 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27"
Length needed for separate halves (each half): 40 cm
16 inch
45 cm
18 inch
51 cm
20 inch
56 cm
22 inch
61 cm
24 inch
66 cm
26 inch
72 cm
28 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27" 27"

NOTE: These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker. For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Available Half & Half Shoelaces

Shoe Tying Made Simple

Shoe Tying Made Simple shoelaces

These shoelaces from JunctionOfFunction.com are part of their “Shoe Tying Made Simple” kit for teaching children.

Available in a limited range of colors and lengths: 42-inch for kid-sized shoes or 50-inch for adolescent-sized shoes.

Joy!

Joy! shoelaces

These shoelaces from Ringelspitz are available on the German website Amazon.de.

The laces are available in three color combinations (black/white, blue/green, orange/purple) and in one length (120 cm).

Buy from Amazon.de (Germany) (paid link)

NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Visitor Feedback

with this method [Variation 3: Separate Halves], I get the benefits of lacing techniques that anchor the shoelace to the bottom eyelets [preventing shoelace shift, which causes uneven end lengths] AND the benefits of having options for whichever knot I prefer [eg. Ian's Secure Knot]

– Adrian D., Apr-2022

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