How to Lace & Tie Converse Doubles

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How to Lace & Tie Converse Doubles
Lace up your Converse doubles following these steps. (shoes image by April K from

Converse shoes, also known as Chuck Taylor's, are a popular brand of shoes first marketed as basketball shoes. Converse brand shoes have now become a fashion statement, worn by both men and women for everyday use. Converse doubles are different from traditional Converse shoes. Doubles have two tongues and two sets of holes for laces. To tie and lace Converse doubles, you only need to follow a few steps.

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Things you need

  • Two shoe laces

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  1. 1

    Hold up the tongue of the layer closest to the shoe (inside layer) so as to keep it separate from the outside layer.

  2. 2

    Insert the shoelace into the top right hole from the outside. Slide across the inside layer tongue and thread through the bottom left inside layer hole. Pull so the shoelace tips are even.

  3. 3

    Cross the ends over each other and begin lacing in a criss-cross fashion by feeding the ends under the opposite side holes. For example, thread the right side of the lace under the second from the bottom hole on the left and pull it through. Thread the left side of the lace through the right hole on the opposite side. Pull both laces over and cross them under again on each subsequent hole.

  4. 4

    Continue the criss-cross pattern until you reach the top.

  5. 5

    Make a final cross with each side and pull the right lace under the left. Hold up each lace and fold it into separate loops. Cross the loops onto each other so the right is in front of the left in back. Fold the loop in back over the loop in front and feed it through the hole that has just been formed. Grab both loops and pull into a secure knot.

  6. 6

    Use a second shoe lace for the outside layer of your Converse doubles. Lace the outside layer in the same way as you did the inside layer, feeding the shoelaces through the outside layer holes in a criss-cross pattern.

  7. 7

    Tie the tops of the outside layer laces in a knot in the same way as the inside layer.

Tips and warnings

  • Use 54" laces for the typical criss-cross method if you don't want a lot of extra shoe lace when you tie your knot. For longer laces, try 63" shoe laces.
  • Try a different pattern with different colour laces to vary the appearance of your Converse doubles every time you wear them. See Resources for other lacing ideas.

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