Learning to lace Converse in different ways is an easy way to improve your Converse tennis game. Mix up your look by trying new designs to match your favorite outfits.
There are so many great ways to lace up Converse, and as a lifelong fan of the Converse brand, I've tried at least a dozen over the years. In this guide I will include mine9 Best Ways to Tie Converse, from cool designs to practical designs. The designs might seem a bit difficult at first, but they are actually verySIMPLY!
Here's a diagram showing all of the different styles I'll be covering in this post:
To jump to a style, simply select its number from the index below. These designs work for both Converse High Tops and Converse Low Tops.
Table of contents
- 1. How to tie Converse (standard method)
- 2. How to wear Converse Diamond Lace
- 3. Pointed crossbow
- 4. Income Circle
- 5. How do I make a ladder using Converse shoelaces?
- 6. Wie Bar Lace Converse
- 7. Whitening-Spitze
- 8. Lattice tip
- 9. Zigzag Lace
- Tips for tying Converse
- related posts
Let's tie them up!
1. How to tie Converse (standard method)
Standard laces are a great way to tie your high-tops. It's easy to make and holds the shoe very well, with a classic look. It's a great style to go back to when you've unlaced your shoes (to clean your shoes or come up with a new design) and forgot how to do it.
- Thread the lace through the bottom two eyelets like I did in the photo above.
- Take loop b. and cross it over the tongue of the shoe to insert it into the second eyelet on the right.
- Make sure the lace enters the buttonhole from above, not from below.
- Continue this step with loop a. Make sure the laces cross like I did in the picture above.
- Feed both balls a. and B. in the corresponding buttonholes on the opposite side. Continue this pattern until the laces reach the second eyelet from the top.
- Now that the laces are threaded through all but the top eyelet, you can stop here. The pattern should look like the image above.
- If you want to tie your laces here and make them visible, go ahead. If you prefer a "hidden knot," continue tying the laces to the top eyelet. If you're wearing your Converse with jeans, the hem of the jeans should cover the top knot.
This is the standard lacing pattern that Converse comes ready to use.
If you learn best by watching videos,Here is a video of how to tie pattern style converseNo Channel Makes YouTube Wearably Weird:
2. How to wear Converse Diamond Lace
If you want a super cool lace design on your Converse, try the diamond lace pattern. It seems intimidating at first, but I promise it's easy if you take the steps slowly. The result is impressive, fresh and crispy.
- Thread the lace through the bottom two eyelets.
- Make sure to iron the lace under the eyelets, not over them like I did in the picture above.
- Take income a. and pin into the third buttonhole from the top on the left side.
- Make sure the lace is inserted into the buttonhole from above as shown in the image above.
- Take income a. and insert it into the next buttonhole on the left as shown in the illustration.
- bring lace. Go back to the right side and insert it into the second eyelet from bottom to top as shown above.
- Then feed income a. into the next buttonhole on the right side. This is the pattern to follow until income a. meets the top buttonhole on the left side (as shown in step 5 below).
- If you followed the pattern correctly, your income should look like the image above.
- At this stage, double check that everything is correct before proceeding to socket b.
- Take loop b. and knit under the top a. as shown above.
- As soon as it fits b. it is woven under lace a. into the third buttonhole from the bottom on the right side.
- Then lower it down and climb through the next eyelet on the right as shown in the image above.
- Take loop b. and wrap it under the cord a. As shown in the picture
- socket b. into the second buttonhole from the bottom on the left.
- Take it and thread it through the next buttonhole on the left as shown in the picture.
- Continue this knitting pattern until the laces look like the picture below in step 10.
- At this stage, use the image above to verify that the pattern is correct.
- Then socket b. into the upper right buttonhole to complete the look.
You should stick with a cool looking diamond lace pattern that will elevate your Converse style.
Here is a video how to make Diamond Lace ConverseNo Channel Makes YouTube Wearably Weird:
3. Pointed crossbow
This cross-tie style lace pattern looks unusual and is so easy to make! This is one of my favorite top styles for Converse as it's so quick to put together.
- Thread the lace through the bottom two eyelets as shown in the image above. Make sure they go under the grommets and not over them.
- Then take tip a. and income b. and cross them twice to form a small loop. See how I did it in the picture above.
- lace yarn a. and B. through the next buttonholes from bottom to top.
- Continue this pattern by threading, looping twice and threading again as shown in the image above.
- I like threading the laces up to the top eyelets of the shoes this way, but you can stop at the top if you want it to look nicer.
- When you're done, your shoe should look like the image below:
This is a super quick way to upgrade your Converse style. It looks a lot sturdier than it is and it would look even cooler if you used two different colored laces for a warped visual effect.
4. Income Circle
Circle laces are an unusual way to tie your understated Converse. If you like standing out and different killer looks, try this design (it's a lot easier than it looks). Also, this design keeps your Converse really secure, so it's good when you're active.
- Thread the lace through the second eyelet at the top of the left and right side of the shoe.
- Then take a pencil and place it on the left side of the shoe like I did in the image above.
- Loop and thread the cord through the eyelets and around the pin creating an even loop effect as shown in the image above.
- Continue like this until you reach the bottom buttonhole on the left side.
- Repeat the pen loop technique on the right side until the tip reaches the bottom eyelet.
- Then take tip a. and thread it through the loops created by the lace. b. On the left. Follow the picture above and you won't go wrong.
- Repeat this threading loop b. through the bonds created by income a.
- Then cross the string a. and income b. and tighten the laces. This will create the circle effect shown above on the laces.
- Next top strand a. through the top eyelet on the right. Repeat with tip b. On the other hand.
- Now you can tie a knot in the laces and see what the effect looks like. If you did it right, you should have the same results as in the image below:
If you want a more rounded circle effect, you can start the entire pattern one buttonhole lower so that the third buttonhole from the top is not the second buttonhole. I personally love this look and like to tie my Converse really high, but a round circle would also look great.
5. How do I make a ladder using Converse shoelaces?
Ladder laces are a great way to lace up your Converse if you like a snug, secure fit that stays in place. It also looks so cool, especially when viewed from the side.
Here's how to do it.
- Thread the lace through the bottom two eyelets, leaving the lace coming out from under the eyelet, not over it (as shown).
- Then socket b. through the second buttonhole from the bottom left as above.
- cross point b. over the tongue of the shoe and thread it through the second eyelet from the bottom right.
- Then take tip a. and thread it through the second eyelet on the bottom right. The two shoelaces should now be threaded through this eyelet, as can be seen in the picture above.
- You have now created the first "ladder". Simply repeat this pattern until you reach the top buttonholes.
- Once you've done that, it should look like the image below:
Notice how the sides look when the laces go through the eyelets.
This is a really interesting visual design for your Converse shoelaces.
6. Wie Bar Lace Converse
Many Converse fans want to know how to lace up Converse so they can wear them. Barbell ties are a great way to achieve this, ruffle a loose lace fit that looks really cool. Bar laces are one of the most popular lace designs in the skate shoe world due to their iconic look.
To tie the bottom of your Converse:
- Thread the laces through the bottom two eyelets on your Converse, making sure to thread them over the top and not under the bottom as shown in the image.
- Take income a. and pull it up to the tip of the tongue of the shoe. Then tuck it behind the tongue of the shoe as shown in the image above.
- lace yarn b. through the eyelet at the top. Then bring the lace to the right side and thread it through the second eyelet from the bottom. If you wish, you can do this with income a. also, so that it rests on top of socket b. however, I tied. out of the way for this tutorial.
- Follow this line pattern all the way up until you have a hem effect across the entire tongue of the shoe.
- If done correctly, your sneakers should look like the image below:
The laces look great and give the Converse a really fresh look.
Here is a video of how to tie the converse barNo Channel Makes YouTube Wearably Weird:
Whitening your Converse shoelaces is VERY EASY and takes no time. It's a really eye-catching lace design that's eye-catching and cool.
How to tie your Converse in lightning lace style:
- Thread the lace through the bottom two grommets on the right side of the converse like I did in the picture above.
- Take the lace A. and pull it up and over the tongue of the shoe and through the top eyelet on the left side. Make sure that the cord is inserted into the buttonhole from above and not from below. Check the image above to make sure you got it right.
- Take loop b. and cross over the tongue of the shoe.
- Thread it through the bottom eyelet on the left side of the shoe.
- Then lift it up and thread it through the top eyelet as shown in the picture until it comes loose.
- Take loop b. and cross it over the tongue of the shoe before threading it through the third eyelet on the lower right side.
- Then socket b. at the top eyelet as we did on the other side of the shoe.
- Repeat this pattern through the eyelets to the top of the shoe.
- You can then tie the laces and hide the knot behind the tip of the shoe tongue or use the visible knot, it's up to you.
You should stick to a cool lace design with one of the running laces imitating a lightning bolt. This design is really different and makes your Converse stand out.
8. Lattice tip
The lacing on your Converse makes them look really complicated. Lattice lace looks sturdy and edgy but is really easy to pull off once you know the steps.
Here's how your Converse lace gets tangled:
- Thread the lace through the bottom two eyelets as shown in the image above. Make sure to thread the lace under the eyelets, not over them.
- Take income a. and thread it through the fourth eyelet on the bottom left side, crossing it over the tongue of the shoe to do this like I do in the picture above.
- Then take tip a. and thread it through the next buttonhole as shown.
- After following the Step 2 section, you can bring the income. Go back to the right side and thread it through the second eyelet from the bottom up. Following the same pattern, pull it up and into the buttonhole above before crossing and repeating back to the left side.
- After 3 irons (as shown above) it's time to move on to point b.
- Take loop b. and sew it over, under and over the three rows of lace created by lace a. just like I have in the picture above.
- lace yarn. b in the fourth buttonhole from the bottom on the right side.
- Then thread under and up through the next eyelet on the right as shown.
- Take loop b. back to the left side, weave under, over and under the laces exactly as I did above. Insert it into the second eyelet on the bottom left, then up and through the third eyelet on the bottom left.
- Pass the lace over, under and over the laces and up through the second buttonhole from the top on the right side.
- Follow the pattern outlined in the previous two steps and you should have a grid pattern as shown above.
- Look at the picture and make sure you weave the laces correctly.
- When you're done, your shoe should look like the image below:
The lattice tip effect is visually very appealing. Enjoy your project!
9. Zigzag Lace
The zigzag lacing of your Converse is ideal for those who like a relaxed, slouchy fit. It is very easy and done in a few steps.
How to tie your Converse in a zigzag pattern:
- Thread the lace through the top eyelet on the left side of your Converse.
- Pull the lace until only a few inches of lace remain on the left side, as shown in the image above.
- Then thread the lace over and through the next eyelet on the right.
- Repeat the pattern in step 1, simply ironing the lace from eyelet to eyelet on each side as shown in the image above. This should create a zig zag effect.
- When you reach the lower eyelet on the left, stop there.
- Take the lace and thread it through the eyelet on the right side to create a beautiful finish.
- Then take the lace and pull it up to the top eyelet on the right side, being careful to tuck it behind the laces and tongue of the shoe for a concealed closure.
- Once the lace is threaded through the top eyelet, you can tie the laces at the top and finish the look.
- If done correctly, the zigzag effect should look identical to my Converse sneakers in the image below:
Zigzag lace is quick and easy to make and has a cool, relaxed finish.
Tips for tying Converse
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when tying your Converse that should make creating patterns a breeze:
- Be sure to use new, clean laces. Clean laces have a crisp, clean feel that creates a nice, uncluttered look. Muddy shoelaces just don't look as fresh.
- Make sure your laces are at least 45 inches long for best results. For low tops, you can use a shorter cord if you want as there aren't as many buttonholes.
- Be sure to clean the Converse's canvas upper and eyelets for a neat finish. It's easier to work with clean shoes and mud-free eyelets.
- For more interesting lace designs, you can mix them with two different colored laces to create fun patterns.
Thanks for reading this post on how to tie converse. I hope you are encouraged to try some of the designs and wear them with your favorite outfits.
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