Waffle Lacing

Lacing (pic)

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

“Lengthens” ends


Waffle sole (pic)

• 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.

Crossword (icon)

• 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

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs147 cm58 in–6.9 cm–2.7 in
7 pairs132 cm52 in–4.6 cm–1.8 in
6 pairs117 cm46 in–2.3 cm–0.9 in
5 pairs102 cm40 in
ends by
4 pairs87 cm34 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
3 pairs72 cm28 in+4.6 cm+1.8 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

• 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.

Visitor Feedback

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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