High tops, low tops, red or black Converse sneakers are one of the most popular types of shoes worn today. A fun way to dress up your Converse and show off your personality is through shoelaces. You can choose from a plethora of colors and designs and you can even lace up your sneakers in interesting ways.
Straight Bar Lacing
A classic way to lace up Converse sneakers is known as straight bar lacing. This style shows only straight lines of laces going across the shoe. Start at the bottom of the sneaker and feed one end of your laces into the right eyelet and the other into the left, pull through so that the lace is lying flat across the top of the shoe. Take the shoelace on the right side, push it through the second eyelet on that side from underneath, and pull it across the tongue of the shoe to the second eyelet on the left side and put it through. Now take the shoelace on the left side that you have not done anything with and take it up to the third eyelet on the left side and pull it through. Pull this shoelace across to the right side and feed it through the third eyelet. At this point you should have three straight laces running across the top of your sneakers. You can continue to follow this method until you have laced your Converse up completely.
Lattice lacing effectively creates an intricate lattice work across the top of your sneaker. This works well on Converse and is easy to accomplish. Take your shoelace and feed one end into the bottom right eyelet and the other end into the bottom left eyelet from the underside. It is best to do one side of the lattice lacing and then the other. Begin with the left side and take your shoelace up to the fourth eyelet on the right side and push it through the eyelet. Take this same shoelace from the underside and pull it up through the fifth eyelet on the right side and then pull it across the top of the sneaker to the second eyelet on the left side and put it through the top of the eyelet. Take this shoelace from the underside and pull it through the third eyelet on the left side, then run it across the top of the shoe to the sixth eyelet on the right side. Now you have one side of the lattice work completely finished. You will follow the same directions for the right shoelace, but make sure to weave the shoelace under and over the left shoelace to create the lattice work effect. Once you are finished you can tie your laces or tuck the stray ends into the sides of the sneaker.
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Tara Holland is anthropologist in New York City, and she is currently working on her M.A. degree at Columbia University in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. She has been writing professionally and personally for the past five years, and currently she has an article on Visual Anthropology co-written with a fellow anthropologist awaiting to be published.
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