Converse shoes are now fashionable again and can give a trendy and fresh impression to the clothes you wear. However, tying your Converse shoelaces can be a difficult task. In addition to being time-consuming, the number of patterns to choose from is overwhelming, especially when you're first doing it. Luckily, there are three basic ways you can try on your shoes: flat-line laces, cross-laced, and double-sided laces. Although these methods are simple, they can serve as stepping stones for you to learn how to tie shoes. They also give you three beautiful options that can be interchanged and give your old Converse a new look.
Method 1 of 3: Creating a Crossed Shoelaces Pattern
Step 1. Pull the shoelaces straight through the bottom pair of eyelets
Lace the shoe through the bottom of the Converse shoe, pulling both sides through the bottom pair of eyelets. This should produce a horizontal line connecting the two bottom eyelets. Make sure they are the same length.
This is the most basic way of tying a wide variety of shoes. This method is the most simple and convenient
Step 2. Insert “Side A” into the top oblique eyelet
Pull "Side A," which is now on the left side of the shoe, from the bottom left eyelet to the second right eyelet from the bottom. The string will form a diagonal line connecting the two eyelets. The laces should be pulled through the top side of the bottom eyelet but pushed through the second hole from the bottom on the right side of the bottom of the shoelaces. Pull the shoelace through the right eyelet so that it comes out of the hole and pops up again.
Step 3. Insert “Side B” into the top oblique eyelet
Pull "Side B," which is now on the right side of the shoe, from the bottom right eyelet to the second left eyelet from the bottom. Another diagonal line will form. Pull the laces over the bottom right eyelet but push the laces through the second eyelet from the bottom through the bottom of the eyelets. Pull the shoelace through the left eyelet so that it comes out of the hole and pops up again.
Step 4. Cross the two sides alternately
Continue to alternate "Side A" and "Side B" of the rope, crossing both sides of the rope all the way to the top eyelet. Each side must be able to be pulled through the eyelet and tied to the opposite side of the eyelet in the top row.
Step 5. Pull the shoelaces together at the top pair of eyelets
Pull the ends together as they appear at the top eyelet of your Converse shoe. This should form the same horizontal line as the one at the bottom eyelet. Tie it in the usual way when you put your shoes on. You can also tuck the tied laces under the shoe pads if you don't want to see the ends of the laces showing.
Method 2 of 3: Tie the Rope with a Flat Line Pattern
Step 1. Bring “Side A” up
The “A side” or the part of the lace that is now on the left side of the shoe must be pulled through the second left eyelet from the bottom. Remember to keep your shoelaces from curling, especially if you're using a wide shoelace.
Step 2. Insert “Side A” into the eyelet on the opposite side
Pull the laces through the front of your shoe into the right hole on the opposite side of the hole you selected. You should be able to see a horizontal flat line in front of your shoe. The end of this side of the laces should be tucked into the bottom of your Converse shoe again.
Step 3. Bring Side B up, through one pair of eyelets
The “B side”, which is now on the right side of the shoe, must be pulled through the third right eyelet from the bottom. The second hole from the bottom must be filled by "Side A". Remember once again not to let the rope curl, especially if you are using a flat rope. Use your hands repeatedly until the rope is flat again.
Step 4. Insert “Side B” into the opposite eyelet
Pull the end of the lace through the front of the shoe and thread it to the third left eyelet from the bottom opposite the original eyelet. This should create another horizontal flat line in front of your shoe, and the hem won't be visible from the front.
Step 5. Thread the string into another eyelet in this pattern
“Side A” must be threaded through the second, fourth, and sixth pair of eyelets from the bottom. The “B side” must be threaded through the third, fifth, and seventh pair of eyelets from the bottom. This should give you an array of horizontal lines with no criss-crossing underneath.
Step 6. Pull and tie the ends to each other
Pull “Side A” through the right eyelet and “Side B” through the left eyelet on the top pair of eyelets. Tie it together with a regular shoelace tie to finish. You can also tuck the laces under the pads of your shoes so that none of the laces stick out from the top of the shoes.
Method 3 of 3: Tie the Rope With a Double Sided Pattern
Step 1. Choose the right shoelaces
The length of the laces used will depend on the number of pairs of eyelets in your shoes. You'll need two different colored shoelaces to try this style, but they should be the same length. It is recommended to choose flat shoelaces that are not too thick. Each eyelet will go through two layers of lace, so it is important to choose a shoelace that is thin and flat regardless of the length itself.
- This method of lacing can be used on Converse shoes with an odd number of eyelets, but will look more symmetrical on shoes with an even number of eyelets.
- If tying on two pairs of eyelets, use a 71-centimeter long shoelace.
- If tying on three pairs of eyelets, use an 81-centimeter long shoelace.
- If tying on four pairs of eyelets, use a 92-centimeter long shoelace.
- If tying on five pairs of eyelets, use a 102-centimeter long shoelace.
- If tying on six pairs of eyelets, use a 113-centimeter long shoelace.
- If tying on seven pairs of eyelets, use a 123-centimeter long shoelace.
- If tying on eight pairs of eyelets, use a 134-centimeter long shoelace.
Step 2. Grip both shoelaces together
Arrange for the two shoelaces to stick together at the same length. You should be able to see the two laces are twice as thick and have two sides. What you should pay attention to is that this method of knitting is quite similar to cross crochet and uses the same basic pattern. This is a popular way of tying Converse shoes because it's fun, it can decorate your shoes, and it's easy to decorate. However, this method is a little more difficult to tie and secure than the one-string method, so you should know this before trying it.
Step 3. Insert the shoelaces into the bottom pair of eyelets
Pull the two paired strings through the bottom pair of eyelets so that the “First Color” is visible. The other rope, “Second Color” must be covered by the top rope. The laces should be threaded through the bottom of the eyelets so that they emerge from above. The end should cover the top of the eyelet after this step.
Step 4. Cross “Side A” diagonally up
Pull “Side A” out of the bottom left eyelet through the second right eyelet from the bottom. Make sure the string that comes out is twisted so that the “Second Color” is now above the “First Color”. A diagonal line now connects between the bottom eyelet and the second eyelet from the bottom on the opposite side of the Converse shoe. Pull the laces from the bottom of the second right eyelet from the bottom to the top.
Step 5. “Cross “Side B” diagonally up
Pull “Side B” out of the bottom right eyelet through the second left eyelet from the bottom. The laces must be twisted so that they match the other side of the crossed laces. The “Second Color” should appear and be visible at the top while the “First Color” is hidden below it. The two eyelets are now connected by a diagonal line. Pull the laces from the bottom side of the left eyelet, and cover the top of the left eyelet after you pull it.
Step 6. Twist the laces to the other side
Then cross the shoelaces repeatedly. Repeat the criss-cross pattern again but twist the laces so that now “First Color” appears on top and “Second Color” is hidden below it. Alternately, cross “Side A” and “Side B” so that each end can be pulled out of the eyelet and pulled back into the eyelet on the opposite side one row up.
Step 7. Twist the rope and cross it all the way to the top eyelet
Continue twisting and crossing shoelaces. Each crossed line must be a different color from the one above or below it.
Step 8. Pull the shoelaces up and tie when you're done
When you pull the laces through the top pair of eyelets, it doesn't matter which side of the two laces you're wearing comes up. Both sides will appear when you tie them together. There's an easier way to tie your shoelaces, which is to slip one color into your shoes and only tie one pair. If you don't do this, you can tie both ropes together.
- Try to make sure your rope doesn't curl. Each time you thread the string through the hole, check it again with your hand. You may need to remove it again from the hole and then insert it again until it is neat.
- Keep trying until it's right. Often your efforts will end up with an asymmetrical length of rope when tying it. Take out the string again and reinsert it until it is right.
- Look for a different color. You can find different strap colors today, including neon green and fiery pink.
- Change your laces pattern weekly or monthly. Try a new style that looks fresher and newer.
- Always buy shoelaces that are not treated with harsh chemicals. Check the package label for more information.
- Be patient with lacing your shoes. If this is your first time trying it, your efforts may end up with a tangled or damaged rope when finished. Take a little time and be patient.