During Chuck Taylor's tenure with Converse, between 1918 and 1928, he focused on creating a shoe for the sport of basketball. Decades later, the Chuck Taylor canvas lace-up remains one of the most popular shoe choices. A modern addition to the Chuck Taylor family features a double upper. There is no need to fear the second set of eyelets, as they are for decorative purposes and need not affect your lace work. There are as many ways to lace Chuck Taylors as there are Converse designs, but we will be sticking to the ever-popular Chuck Taylor style.
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Orient the shoe so the toe faces away from you and the heel points toward you. Thread the lace through the bottom left and right eyelets from the outside of the shoe to the inside. Pull on both sides until they are the same length.
Start with the right side of the lace and work from the toe up. Take it from under the first eyelet, lay it diagonally over the tongue of the shoe and insert it into the second eyelet on the left side. Thread it from the inside of the shoe to the outside.
Lay it horizontally over the top of the shoe. Insert it into the top of the third eyelet on the right side. Thread it from the outside of the shoe into the inside.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3. Skip an eyelet on each side. You should be threading into the even-numbered eyelets on the left side and the odd-numbered eyelets on the right side. When you reach the last eyelet, lay the end of the lace down.
Start by laying the left lace horizontally over the tongue of the shoe. Thread it through the second eyelet on the right side. Thread the lace from the inside of the shoe to the outside. Lay the lace horizontally over the top of the shoe. Thread the lace into the third eyelet on the left side. Thread the lace from the outside of the shoe.
Repeat until you have threaded the lace through all available eyelets. Slip your foot into the shoe and pull both sides of the lace taught. Secure with a bow.
Tips and warnings
- You can thread the lace through the corresponding eyelet on the outer, decorative upper at any stage for a fun look. This is best done near the toe of the shoe where the wider lace pattern will not affect the tension.
- You can lace the inner eyelets with one colour lace and the outer eyelets with a different colour if you like. Use a more open crisscross patten where you move the lace diagonally across the tongue and thread the lace from the inside of the shoe to the outside on alternating eyelets. This will allow you to see both laces.
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