Hill Valley Lacing
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.
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 straight across on the outside and in through the adjacent eyelet, peaking in the middle to form a “hill”.
• The right (yellow) end runs straight up on the inside, skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up.
• The right (yellow) end then continues straight across on the outside and in through the adjacent eyelet, dipping in the middle to form a “valley”, which loops under the “hill” on the row below.
• Continue running each end straight up on the inside and emerging two rows higher up, then forming pairs of “hills” and “valleys” looped around each other on the outside, until the final hill and valley across the second and third rows from the top.
• Both ends run straight up on the inside and out through the top eyelets.
• Variation 1 begins with a straight row at bottom (shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs).
• Variation 2 ends 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).
Laces wear more
24% longer ends (approx.)
• 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:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||(N/A)||76 cm
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+24% on average).
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