Cool ways to lace your Converse shoes

Written by alice hudson
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Want to stand out from the crowd on the high street? Loads of different, cool ways of tying your Converse can help you do just that. In shoe stores, Converse are usually displayed with either normal, "criss-cross" lacing, or straight "bar" lacing. Break away and get creative with the way you thread your laces. Use different colours -- you can even co-ordinate your lace colour with your clothes..You can buy laces from as cheaply as a pound a pair and they can help you transform your look without your having to splash out on new shoes.

Lattice effect

This cool and popular way of threading your laces works best on Converse with six pairs of eyelets. However, if your Converse have seven pairs you can just skip out the middle eyelet to get the same effect. Run the lace so it sits straight across the bottom set of eyelets (closest to your toes), thread diagonally through the fourth set (skipping two sets) then straight up the inside, so the lace emerges through the fifth eyelet on both sides.

Now cross diagonally again, feeding each side through the second set of eyelets, before going straight up again so the laces emerging through the third set and then finishing through the top (sixth) set of eyelets to tie.

Starburst effect

For a cool effect that resembles a starburst on your foot, use this technique. Run the lace straight across and in through the middle set of eyelets. If your Converse have an even number of eyelet pairs, use the set just below the middle. Run both ends straight up the inside and out through the next set of eyelets up the Converse.

Cross the ends diagonally and feed through the next empty set of eyelets down the shoe, running them under the middle section. Run ends straight down one eyelet on the inside on each side and thread them through. Cross diagonally upwards, running under the middle section again and feeding through the next empty set of eyelets. Repeat this pattern until you reach the top eyelets and can tie your shoes.

Different colours

For something a bit easier, get two pairs of thin laces in contrasting colours of your choice and double them up, threading two laces, one of each colour, through each eyelet, for a unique, yet subtle look. Alternatively, wear one coloured lace in your left shoe and a contrasting colour in your right. This looks most effective with bright or neon colours and dark coloured Converse.

Statement laces

Shop around and get yourself some statement laces. You can get patterned laces from as cheap as one quid a pair from discount shops like Poundland. Order online. All sorts are available, from band and music-themed laces, to TV shows, cartoon characters and movies. Pimp your Converse accordingly.

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