Hill Valley Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Pairs of rows are looped around each other, the peaked rows forming “hills” and the dipped rows forming “valleys”. The name is also a tribute to the “Back to the Future” movies.

Eight pairs of eyelets, variation 1
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Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – Even numbers of eyelet pairs, straight row at bottom

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• The left (blue) end runs straight up on the inside, then across on the outside and in through the adjacent eyelet, peaking in the middle to form a “hill”.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside, each skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up.

• Both ends run across on the outside and in through the adjacent eyelets, the lower (yellow) end dipping under the previous “hill” on the row below to form a “valley”, the upper (blue) end once again peaking in the middle to form the next “hill”.

• Alternate running straight up on the inside, then forming “hills” and “valleys” on the outside, until the upper (blue) end reaches one top eyelet.

• Finish the lacing with the lower (yellow) end forming one final “valley” before running straight up on the inside and out through the other top eyelet.

Variations

• Variation 1 begins with a straight row at bottom (shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs).

• Variation 2 finishes with a straight row at top (shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs).

• Variation 3 begins with a diagonal at bottom (shoes with odd numbers of eyelet pairs).

Features

Decorative look

Tightens firmly

Laces wear more

“Lengthens” ends

Notes

• Hill Valley lacing looks best on shoes with thick, round shoelaces, especially light colored laces on dark colored shoes. These accentuate the fact that the “hills” and “valleys” loop around each other rather than simply crossing over each other.

• When combined with Half & Half Lacing, the “hills” and “valleys” will end up different colors.

Shoelace Lengths for Hill Valley Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
8 pairs115 cm45 in+9.3 cm+3.7 in
7 pairs110 cm43 in+6.4 cm+2.5 in
6 pairs98 cm38 in+7.4 cm+2.9 in
5 pairs93 cm37 in+4.5 cm+1.8 in
4 pairs80 cm32 in+5.5 cm+2.2 in
3 pairs76 cm30 in+2.6 cm+1.0 in
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.

Longer ends if the existing shoelaces are re-used (+24% on average).

More details about length comparisons.

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