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A Good Way to Lace Converse

Updated February 21, 2017

Converse sneakers -- worn by generations of athletes, activists and punks -- may be tied in dozens of different ways to make a fashion statement. There is one best way to tie Converse shoes, however --Dr. Burkard Polster, a Monash University mathematician in Victoria, Australia, has proven that the common "bar" tying method provides the tightest fit for shoes like Converse sneakers. With the right shoelace length, you can lace any type of Converse shoe using this method.

Choose the right shoelace length for your sneakers. Fifty-two inches is the best length for the low-cut version with seven eyelets, while 54 inches is ideal for high-tops with eight eyelets. If you have an unusual Converse style with more grommets, add two inches for each additional hole.

Put on the shoes.

Thread one end of the shoelace through the top side of the right eyelet and the other end through the top side of the left eyelet. Pull the shoelaces until you have an equal amount of lace on each side. Pull tight, but not tight enough to warp the sides of the shoe.

Cross the left end of the lace diagonally to the first free eyelet on the right side. Thread the lace through the underside of the grommet, then cross the lace over to the first free eyelet on the left side. Thread the lace through the top of the grommet. Your first two sets of eyelets should now have horizontal lace bars running across them.

Cross the right end of the lace diagonally to the first free eyelet on the left side. Thread the lace through the underside of the grommet, then cross the lace over to the first free eyelet on the right side. Thread the lace through the top of the grommet. You now have three horizontal lace bars.

Repeat this pattern until you run out of eyelets. Tie your shoelaces as normal.

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Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.