This method runs two steps forward, one step back, with double-passes through eyelets. Resembles the grid pattern of a waffle.
• 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.
Holds very tight
Harder to tighten
• Many sneakers, such as Vans, Converse and Puma, have soles with a waffle-like grid of raised edges and recessed diamonds or squares.
The photo at right shows the sole of a Converse sneaker.
• 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 shoelaces 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
|8 pairs||147 cm||58 in||–6.9 cm||–2.7 in|
|7 pairs||132 cm||52 in||–4.6 cm||–1.8 in|
|6 pairs||117 cm||46 in||–2.3 cm||–0.9 in|
|5 pairs||102 cm||40 in||–||–|
|4 pairs||87 cm||34 in||+2.3 cm||+0.9 in|
|3 pairs||72 cm||28 in||+4.6 cm||+1.8 in|
|2 pairs = (N/A)|
• Generally, longer shoelaces are needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing – unless the shoes have few eyelets.
• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively shortens the ends – though it may lengthen the ends if the shoes have few eyelets.
More details about length comparisons.
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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