Tying the laces of your Converse in the standard fashion leaves two dog-ear loops flopping down on the front of your foot, creating a generally messy appearance and increasing your chances of tripping over your laces. Hiding your shoelaces produces a neat, uniform pattern on your shoe and removes the risk of tripping because you or somebody else stepped on your lace. There are a couple of different ways you can do this, but using the hidden knot technique is the simplest and most comfortable.
Push both ends of the shoelace through the bottom eyelets (the rings used for lacing) on your Converse. Push them in from the outside, so the tips are left in the inside of the shoe. This leaves a horizontal lace across the bottom two eyelets. Pull the right end from the inside of the shoe so it is longer than the left end.
Thread the right end of the shoelace through the second eyelet (from the bottom) on the right, going through the hole from the inside of the shoe to the outside. Take this end across to the second eyelet on the left, pushing it through to the inside of the shoe. This creates a second horizontal lace, between the two second eyelets from the bottom. Both of the laces will now be on the interior of the shoe to the left hand side.
Run the lower left shoelace from the bottom left eyelet to the third one up (on the underside of the shoe), pushing the end up through the hole and onto the outside of the shoe. Take this end and create another horizontal bar between the third eyelets, threading the end of the lace through the third right eyelet and into the shoe.
Repeat this process until you have the lace running horizontally between the six bottom eyelets. Most Converse Chuck Taylors have seven eyelets in total, but to hide the laces it’s much easier to ignore the top ones. If yours have eight, you can use all of them. Run the lace from the second left eyelet up and through the fourth left eyelet, moving it across to the fourth right eyelet and pushing the end back into the shoe. Use the same method to run the end of the lace in the third eyelet up to the opposite side of the fifth, and the end of the lace in the fourth eyelet up to the opposite side of the sixth. You’re left with one lace pushed through the fifth left eyelet and one through the sixth left eyelet, with both ends on the inside.
Tie a knot using the two ends of the lace on the inside of the shoe. Put your foot inside each shoe to make sure it isn’t too tight or too loose before tying the knot, adjusting as required. Use a simple reef knot to tie the laces together. Start out as if you’re tying a standard shoelace knot, by running the left end over and under the right end, and then do the reverse (running the same end of the lace over and under the end now on the left). Pull tight to complete the knot. You can also use a standard shoelace knot, if you like.
Push the knot under the tongue of the shoe or into the side of the shoe. Experiment with each to find the most comfortable method for your feet. You can cut the ends off the shoelaces if you’re confident you have the knot in the right place, but you could also just leave them on the inside of the shoe.
If you cut the ends of your lace, ensure you leave yourself enough to tie the knot again if it comes undone!
Tips and warnings
- If you cut the ends of your lace, ensure you leave yourself enough to tie the knot again if it comes undone!