Enhancing your Converse sneaker style can be easily achieved by learning various lacing techniques. Experiment with new patterns and pair them with your favorite outfits to refresh your look.
As a long-time Converse enthusiast, I have explored numerous lacing methods and have narrowed down my top 9 recommendations, which include both fashionable and functional designs. While they may seem complex initially, they are actually quite SIMPLE!
To quickly navigate to a specific style, simply click on its corresponding number in the table of contents provided. These methods are suitable for both high-top and low-top Converse.
How To Lace Converse with Standard Lacing Style
The standard lacing technique is an excellent choice for your High Tops, offering ease and a secure fit with a classic appearance. If you’ve removed your laces for cleaning or trying a new pattern and need a refresher, this is the ideal method to use.
Begin by threading the lace through the bottom two eyelets, as shown in the image above. Take lace B and cross it over the sneaker tongue, inserting it into the second eyelet on the right from above, not underneath.
Proceed with lace A, ensuring the laces are crossing, as demonstrated in the image above. Feed both lace A and B into the corresponding eyelets on the opposite side, maintaining this pattern until the laces reach the second eyelets from the top.
With the laces threaded through all eyelets except the top ones, you may choose to stop here, as shown in the image above. If you prefer to have visible laces, tie them at this point. For a hidden knot, continue lacing up to the top eyelet. When worn with jeans, the hem should cover the top knot.
This standard lacing pattern is how Converse shoes typically come straight out of the box.
How To Lace Converse with Loop Cross Lacing Style
The ‘loop cross’ lacing pattern is unique and incredibly easy to execute, making it one of my favorite styles for Converse sneakers due to its quick assembly.
Thread the lace through the two bottom eyelets, as shown in the image above. Ensure the lace is passed from beneath, not above, the eyelets. Next, cross lace A and lace B twice to form a small loop, as demonstrated in the picture above.
Guide lace A and B through the next eyelets up from the bottom. Maintain this pattern by threading, looping twice, and threading again, as illustrated above. While I prefer to continue lacing this way up to the top eyelets on the sneakers, you may opt to stop one eyelet from the top for a different look.
Once completed, your sneakers should resemble the image below:
This quick method instantly enhances your Converse style, appearing more complex than it is. For an even more striking visual effect, consider using two different colored laces to create a twisting pattern.
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How To Lace Converse with ZicZac Lacing Style
Zig-zag lacing your Converse is perfect for those who prefer a loose, casual fit. It’s incredibly easy to do and can be accomplished in just a few steps. Here’s how to create a zig-zag lace design your style with Converse:
Thread your lace through the top eyelet on the left-hand side of your Converse. Pull the lace through until only a few inches remain on the left-hand side, as shown in the image. Then, take the lace over and through the next eyelet down on the right-hand side.
Continue the pattern from step 1 by threading the lace from eyelet to eyelet on each side, as illustrated above. This should create a zig-zag effect. When you reach the bottom eyelet on the left-hand side, stop there.
Take the lace and thread it back over and through the eyelet on the right-hand side to create a clean finish. Then, pull the lace all the way up to the top eyelet on the right-hand side, making sure to tuck it behind the laces and sneaker tongue for a hidden finish.
Once your lace is threaded through the top eyelet, you can knot your laces together at the top to complete the look. If done correctly, the zig-zag effect should resemble the Converse sneakers shown in the image.
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How To Lace Converse with Diamond Lacing Style
For an impressive and eye-catching lacing design on your Converse, consider the diamond lacing pattern. Although it may seem daunting initially, following the steps methodically will reveal its simplicity. The outcome is a stylish and help you also Shorten your shoelaces.
Thread the lace through the bottom two eyelets, ensuring it is passed from beneath the eyelets, not over the top, as shown in the image above.
Insert lace A into the third eyelet from the top on the left side, threading it from the top, as depicted above.
Guide lace A into the next eyelet up on the left side, as illustrated.
Move lace A back to the right side and thread it into the second eyelet from the bottom, as displayed above. Next, feed lace A into the subsequent eyelet up on the right side. Continue this pattern until lace A reaches the top eyelet on the left side (shown in step 5 below).
If executed correctly, your lace should resemble the image above. Double-check at this point to ensure accuracy before proceeding to lace B.
Weave lace B underneath lace A, as demonstrated above.
After weaving lace B under lace A, insert it into the third eyelet from the bottom on the right side. Then, guide it beneath and up through the next eyelet up on the right side, as shown in the image above.
Weave lace B down under lace A, as depicted.
Insert lace B into the second eyelet from the bottom on the left side. Pass it up and through the next eyelet up on the left side, as illustrated. Maintain this weaving pattern until the laces resemble the image in step 10 below.
Verify that the pattern is correct using the image above. To complete the look, thread lace B into the top eyelet on the right side.
The result is a striking diamond lace pattern that elevates your Converse style.
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How To Lace Converse with Ladder Lacing Style
Ladder lacing is a fantastic method for tying your Converse if you prefer a snug, secure fit that doesn’t slip. This technique also looks fresh, particularly when viewed from the side. This style could be a little bit tight when wlaking, you need to choose socks with Converse properly to avoid bruised . Follow these steps to achieve the ladder lacing look:
Thread your lace through the bottom two eyelets, ensuring the lace emerges from beneath the eyelet, not above, as shown in the image. Next, feed lace B through the second eyelet from the bottom on the left side, as illustrated above.
Cross lace B over the sneaker tongue and insert it into the second eyelet from the bottom on the right side. Then, guide lace A up and through the same eyelet on the right side. Both laces should now be threaded through this eyelet, as depicted above.
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You’ve now created the first ‘ladder’. Simply repeat this pattern all the way up the sneaker until you reach the top eyelets. Once completed, your sneakers should resemble the image below:
Take note of the laces passing through the eyelets on the sides, creating an intriguing visual design for your Converse laces.
How To Lace Converse with Lattice Lacing Style
Lattice lacing your Converse gives them an intricate and edgy appearance. Although it looks complex, it’s quite simple to achieve once you know the steps. Here’s how to create the lattice lace design for your Converse:
- Step 1:
Thread your lace through the two bottom eyelets as shown above, ensuring that you are threading the lace underneath the eyelets, not above them.
- Take lace A and thread it through the 4th eyelet from the bottom on the left-hand side, crossing it across the sneaker tongue as shown in the image.
- Then, feed lace A through the next eyelet up.
- After completing step 2, bring lace A back over to the right-hand side and thread it through the second eyelet from the bottom.
- Follow the same pattern and thread it up and into the eyelet above before crossing it back over to the left-hand side and repeating. Once you have threaded it across three times (as shown in the image), it’s time to move on to lace B.
- Take lace B and weave it over, under, and over the three lace lines created by lace A, as illustrated in the image.
- Thread lace B into the 4th eyelet from the bottom on the right-hand side.
- Next, thread it under and up through the next eyelet up on the right-hand side.
- Take lace B back over to the left-hand side, weaving it under, over, and under the laces as shown in the image. Feed it into the second eyelet from the bottom on the left-hand side and then up and through the third eyelet from the bottom on the same side.
- Weave the lace back over, under, and over the laces and up through the second eyelet from the top on the right-hand side.
Follow the pattern outlined in the previous two steps, and you should have a lattice pattern as shown in the image. Study the image and make sure you’ve woven the laces correctly.
When completed, your sneakers should have a lattice pattern as seen in the image.
How To Lace Converse with Bar Lacing Style
Many Converse enthusiasts want to know how to lace their sneakers for easy slip-on access. Bar lacing is an excellent solution, as it creates a loose fit while maintaining a stylish appearance. Bar lacing is a popular choice in the skate footwear world, thanks to its iconic look. To bar lace your Converse, follow these steps:
Thread your lace through the bottom two eyelets on your Converse, ensuring they are threaded from above rather than beneath, as shown in the image. Pull lace A all the way to the top of the sneaker tongue, then tuck it behind the sneaker tongue as illustrated above.
Thread lace B through the eyelet above it. Then, bring the lace over to the right side and insert it into the second eyelet from the bottom. If you prefer, you can do the same with lace A, so it sits above lace B. However, for this tutorial, lace A is tucked out of the way.
Follow this threading pattern all the way to the top to create a bar lace effect across the entire sneaker tongue. If done correctly, your sneakers should resemble the image below:
Bar lacing not only looks great but also gives Converse a sleek, polished appearance.
How To Lace Converse with Lightening Lacing Style
Coverse laces are so long and do’t know why , base on that, you can try Lightning lacing your Converse, it could be incredibly easy and quick to do. This eye-catching and unique design adds a striking touch to your sneakers. Here’s how to create the lightning lace style for your Converse:
Thread your lace through the bottom two eyelets on the right-hand side of your Converse, as shown in the image. Pull lace A up and across the sneaker tongue until it threads through the top eyelet on the left-hand side. Ensure the lace enters the eyelet from above, not underneath. Double-check the image to make sure you get this right.
Take lace B and cross it over the sneaker tongue. Thread it through the bottom eyelet on the left-hand side of the shoe. Then, pull it up and through the eyelet above, as illustrated in the image, until it threads out.
Take lace B and cross it over the sneaker tongue, before feeding it into the third eyelet from the bottom on the right-hand side. Then, thread lace B into the eyelet above, just like you did on the other side of the shoe.
Repeat this pattern all the way up the eyelets to the top of the sneaker. You can then tie your laces and hide the knot behind the top of the sneaker tongue, or leave the knot visible – it’s up to you.
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You should now have a cool lace design with one lace running through, resembling a lightning bolt. This distinctive pattern adds a pop of flair to your Converse sneakers.
How To Lace Converse with Circle Lacing Style
Circle lacing is a distinctive and uncommon Converse lacing technique. If you enjoy standing out and sporting unique styles, this design is perfect for you. Despite its complex appearance, it is quite simple to execute, also easy to clean your Converse, and it keeps your Converse sneakers securely fastened, making it an excellent choice for active individuals. Don’t forget to leave a room for your feet when lacing. Avoid tying too tight!
Thread your lace through the second eyelets from the top on both the left and right sides of your sneaker. Then, place a pen against the left side of your sneaker, as shown in the image above. Wind and weave the lace through the eyelets and around the pen to create an even looping effect, as illustrated above. Continue until you reach the bottom eyelet on the left side.
Repeat the pen looping technique on the right side until the lace reaches the bottom eyelet. Next, thread lace A through the loops created by lace B on the left side, following the image above for guidance.
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Similarly, thread lace B through the loops formed by lace A. Cross over lace A and lace B and pull the laces tight to create the circular effect in the laces, as depicted above.
Thread lace A through the top eyelet on the right side and do the same with lace B on the left side. Tie your laces in a knot, and if executed correctly, your sneakers should resemble the image below:
For a rounder circle effect, you can begin the entire pattern one eyelet lower (third from the top instead of the second). While I personally prefer this look and enjoy lacing my Converse high, a rounder circle could also be an appealing alternative.
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How to have a beautiful Converse Shoelace?
To lace your Converse sneakers beautifully while considering factors such as shoe cleanliness, the length of shoelaces, room for feet, color of shoelaces, and the end of shoelaces, follow these steps:
- Ensure your shoes are clean: Before you start lacing your Converse sneakers, make sure they are clean and free of any dirt or debris. Get Stains Out Of Converse if necessary.
- Choose the right length of shoelaces: Select shoelaces that are long enough for your shoes (45 inches/114 cm for low tops and 54 inches/137 cm for high tops).
- Pick a color for your shoelaces: Choose a color that complements or contrasts with your Converse sneakers. This will help your lacing pattern stand out and make your shoes look more unique. If you try a white shoelaces, make sure that it could be white. (You can bleach the Converse Shoelaces to whitten)
- Start lacing your shoes: Thread each end of the shoelace through the bottom eyelets (holes) of the shoe, from the outside to the inside, so that the ends of the laces are on the inside of the shoe. Make sure both ends of the shoelace are of equal length.
- Choose the most comfortable lacing style: Eventhough there are many way to tie your Converse Shoes, but you need to pick the most comfortable to enjoy your walking, and avoid injury.
- Add a personal touch: You can create a unique design by skipping an eyelet or using a different lacing pattern, such as straight bar lacing, loop-back lacing, or lattice lacing. Experiment with different patterns to find the one that looks the best and provides the desired level of comfort and fit.
- Deal with the end of the shoelaces: Once you’ve reached the top eyelets, you can either tie your shoelaces using a standard bow, double knot, or tuck the ends inside the shoe for a cleaner look. If the shoelace ends are too long, you can shorten the shoelaces and seal the cut ends with a lighter or clear nail polish to prevent fraying.
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Now you have a beautifully laced pair of Converse shoes that considers all the factors you mentioned. Enjoy your unique and stylish sneakers!