# 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.

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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

Variation 1 – Bi-color shoelace | ||||
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Pairs of eyelets | Approximate length needed | Unchangedend lengths | ||

8 pairs | 133 cm | 53 in | – | – |

7 pairs | 123 cm | 48 in | – | – |

6 pairs | 112 cm | 44 in | – | – |

5 pairs | 102 cm | 40 in | – | – |

4 pairs | 91 cm | 36 in | – | – |

3 pairs | 81 cm | 32 in | – | – |

2 pairs | 70 cm | 28 in | – | – |

Variation 2, 3 – Half-length shoelaces | ||||
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Pairs of eyelets | Approx. length each half-lace | “Shortens” ends by | ||

8 pairs | 72 cm | 28 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

7 pairs | 66 cm | 26 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

6 pairs | 61 cm | 24 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

5 pairs | 56 cm | 22 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

4 pairs | 51 cm | 20 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

3 pairs | 45 cm | 18 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

2 pairs | 40 cm | 16 in | –5.0 cm | –2.0 in |

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 – Bi-color shoelace

• **Same length** shoelaces as those for basic
Criss Cross Lacing.

### Comparative length – Half-shoelace variations

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

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively shortens the ends by about 5 cm (2 in).

The difference in length is based on the assumption that two different color shoelaces of the original length would be **cut in half**,
with those four halves then either knotted into bi-colored pairs or laced separately.
The resultant “shortening” is due to the extra length needed for the joining/stopper knots.

More details about length comparisons.

## 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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