This purely decorative lacing forms a hexagram, or six-pointed star. This geometric symbol has been used for centuries in various cultures and religions, most notably as the Jewish “Star of David”.
Lacing Technique – 8 pairs – Variation 1 – Verticals at top/bottom
• Begin straight across the bottom on the inside (grey section) and feed out through both bottom eyelets. Adjust so that the right (yellow) end is quite a bit longer than the left (blue) end.
• Run both ends straight up on the outside and in through the next higher set of eyelets.
• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets).
• The left (yellow) end runs in a complete loop as follows: Straight down on the inside and out through the next lower eyelet, straight across on the outside and in through the opposite eyelet, back up on the inside and back across on the outside to complete the loop.
• Run both ends straight down on the inside and out through the next lower set of eyelets.
• Cross the ends on the outside and feed under the sides and out through the set of eyelets three rows higher up The shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets).
• Run both ends straight up on the outside and in through the top eyelets.
• Variation 1 has verticals at top and/or bottom.
• Variation 2 has crossovers at top and/or bottom, which needs slightly longer shoelaces.
Tricky to tighten
17% longer ends (approx.)
• If the crossovers of the laces are carefully woven as shown, there will be a couple of benefits. Firstly, it accurately depicts the rotational symmetry of the traditional “Star of David”. Secondly, each point of the Hexagram has the same number of overpasses and underpasses, which helps to maintain the shape more securely.
• Depending on the eyelet spacing, leaving an empty row of eyelets in the middle of the lacing may create a taller hexagram of more pleasing proportions, as seen in several of the photos in the gallery below.
• This lacing works best with thinner or flat laces because several eyelets have to accommodate two passes of shoelace.
• When feeding a second pass of shoelace through an eyelet, take care that the aglet (shoelace tip) doesn't catch on the shoelace fibers and cause any damage.
Shoelace Lengths for Hexagram Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||(N/A)||(N/A)||(N/A)||(N/A)||104 cm
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+17% on average).
Hexagram Lacing Feedback
I saw that your Hexagram lacing only went down to six eyelets, and my shoes have five, so I tried to find a way based off
of the other instructions, and it is possible! Basically, I used the instructions for seven eyelets, made the hexagram
three wide instead of two, and removed the spaces at eyelets 2 and 6.
See enlargement above
– Matthew L., Texas, USA, Jun-2019
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