Waffle Lacing

Waffle Lacing

This method runs two steps forward, one step back, with double-passes through eyelets. Resembles the grid pattern of a waffle.

Eight pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• 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 two rows higher up the shoe (skip past one row).

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

• Continue two rows up on the outside, one row back on the inside, finishing with the ends feeding under the sides and out through the top eyelets.


Decorative look

Holds very tight

Harder to tighten

5% longer ends (approx.)


Waffle sole on Converse sneaker

• Many sneakers, such as Vans, Converse and Puma, have a waffle-like grid of raised edges and recessed diamonds or squares. The photo at right shows the sole of a Converse sneaker.

Crossword puzzle

• This lacing also resembles the angled groups of three-letter words in a crossword puzzle. In fact, I seriously considered naming this method “Crossword Lacing”. Other visitors have also suggested “Diamond Lacing”.

• This lacing works best with thinner or flat laces because most of the 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 Waffle Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) 70 cm
28 inch
84 cm
33 inch
98 cm
39 inch
112 cm
44 inch
125 cm
49 inch
139 cm
55 inch
Lengths available: (N/A) 27" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54"

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 existing shoelaces are re-used (+5% on average).

More details.

NOTE: The above is an average calculation. On shoes with more than about six pairs of eyelets, Waffle Lacing will actually need longer shoelaces than Criss Cross Lacing and thus will shorten the ends.

Visitor Feedback

At the end I will show to you my favorite pattern from my teenage days. I am not sure if you have it on the site. To my eyes, it works well with C.Taylor (Converse All Star) and similar shoes but not with many other types of sneakers.

– Dejan S., Jul-2022

It kind of looks like a honeycomb or diamond pattern.

– Chris G., Nevada, USA, May-2009

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