Cool Ways to Lace High-Top Shoes

Updated April 17, 2017

The way you lace your high-top shoes can add character to your outfit. While the traditional lacing style won't take away from your creativity, there are several ways you can lace high-tops that can change the look of the shoe, adding different designs that can add interest, quirkiness or an unconventional feel to your style.

Straight Across (Bar) Lacing

Straight across lacing, or bar lacing, is how Converse high-tops are laced in advertisements. This type of lacing looks like a parallel set of bars moving vertically up the eyelets of the shoe. In order to achieve this look, thread laces evenly through the bottom two eyelets, sticking laces in through the top and pulling through the bottom. Pull the right side of the lace under and up through the second right side eyelet, and pull the left side of the lace under and up through the third left side eyelet. Pull the right side lace over and down through the second left side eyelet, and pull the left side lace over and down through the third right side eyelet. Continue this pattern until the shoe is completely laced.

Stepladder Lacing

Stepladder lacing creates a woven and interlocking design that looks like a ladder moving up your high-top. To create this look, run your laces through the bottom two eyelets from underneath through the top. Pull each lace over and through its respective eyelet. Pull the right lace up and over the second left eyelet and pull the left lace up and over the second right eyelet. Repeat this pattern until your high-tops are laced all the way up.

Tangle Lacing

Tangle lacing will give your shoes an unconventional and quirky look. This style of lacing is done backwards and looks like large diamonds moving vertically down the shoe. To achieve this style of lacing, you will need to thread laces evenly through the top two eyelets from underneath through the top. Continue lacing the high-tops in the classic way by crossing laces over and pulling from underneath through the top at each intersection. However, in order to make large diamonds, you should skip every other eyelet. Continue lacing down until the high-top is completely laced, and tie shoes at the base.

Triangle Lacing

Triangle lacing can give your high-tops a clean yet angular look. Triangle lacing looks like a modified form of bar lacing where laces create the vertical, parallel bars but underneath each bar the laces make a diagonal line, which gives the appearance of mini triangles moving up the shoe. To create this look, start by lacing the bottom two eyelets down and through. Pull the left lace under and up through the top left eyelet. Adjust the length of the shoelace so the left side has enough slack to tie the shoe but the right side is much longer, using the rest of the slack. Lace the right side of the shoelace as standard by crossing under and pulling up through each eyelet.

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