Hash Lacing

Lacing (pic)

The laces are crossed steeply on the outside, then take one step back on the inside, forming overlapping crossovers that resemble hash “#” symbols.

Eight pairs of eyelets, variation 1
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Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – Regular hashes

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

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two rows).

• Run both ends straight down on the inside and feed out through the next lower set of eyelets.

• Continue three rows up on the outside, one row back on the inside, until the top of the shoe.

• If the final crossover naturally finishes at the top row, feed under the sides and out through the top eyelets. Otherwise, feed into the second-from-top eyelets, then run straight up on the inside and out through the top eyelets.

Variations

• Variation 1 has the crossovers running at a steep angle, resulting in regular hash symbols (roughly square centres) with the top of each hash forming the bottom of the next higher hash. The steep angle also results in empty eyelet rows – one near the bottom and one near the top – which makes the shoe feel a little loose near those gaps.

• Variation 2 has the crossovers running at a shallower angle, resulting in separate, compressed hash symbols (non-square centres). The shallower angle also means that all eyelets are filled, so the shoe should feel a little more tight overall.

Features

Decorative look

Harder to tighten

“Lengthens” ends

Shoelace Lengths for Hash Lacing

Variation 1 – Regular hashes
Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
10 pairs125 cm49 in+14.7 cm+5.8 in
9 pairs111 cm44 in+16.4 cm+6.5 in
8 pairs108 cm43 in+12.8 cm+5.0 in
7 pairs94 cm37 in+14.4 cm+5.7 in
6 pairs91 cm36 in+10.8 cm+4.3 in
5, 4, 3, 2 pairs = (N/A)
Variation 2 – Compressed hashes
Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
10 pairs141 cm55 in+6.8 cm+2.7 in
9 pairs120 cm47 in+11.9 cm+4.7 in
8 pairs117 cm46 in+8.2 cm+3.2 in
7 pairs114 cm45 in+4.6 cm+1.8 in
6 pairs93 cm37 in+9.6 cm+3.8 in
5 pairs90 cm36 in+5.9 cm+2.3 in
4 pairs87 cm34 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
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 Length

• 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.

Visitor Feedback

I just wanted to let you know that I have since used your guidelines and laced my shoes with the hash lace. That is one crazy lacing pattern. Looks good on my skate shoes, which never need tightening because I don't skate (so I just keep 'em tied).

– Sushi, Orange County, CA, USA, Jul-2004

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