How to Tie a High-Top Converse

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High-top Converse shoes require a simple, standard lacing technique.
High-top Converse shoes require a simple, standard lacing technique. (Image: Markus Boesch/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

High-top Converse sneakers, those always comfortable fashion statements, come in a variety of colors and fits. The shoes can be laced in numerous ways, but the over-under lacing technique allows you to adjust the tension and fit of the shoe with ease. The over-under technique also gives your Converse sneakers that classic, high-top footwear look.

Place one of your high-top Converse sneakers on a flat surface with the toe facing towards you. Feed the two shoelace ends through the bottom two eyelet holes--the ones closest to the toe--going down toward the shoe. Make sure that the two ends coming through the eyelets remain even. The shoe should now have one straight, solid bar going along the bottom of the first eyelet row.

Holding the right side of the shoelace in your hand, cross the lace to the opposite side of the eyelet pairs, and feed it through the next available eyelet. This time you're pushing the lace from the bottom of the eyelet to the top (away from the shoe). Pull it all the way through. Repeat this step with the other end--the left side--of the lace.

Hold the end of the new right shoelace, and push it into the next available eyelet on the opposite side, this time pushing the lace from the top down toward the shoe. Repeat this technique with the left lace.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3, alternating between pushing the laces from the bottom up and then pushing the laces from the top down. Always repeat Steps 2 and 3 with both sides of the shoe lace, until you reach the final pair of eyelets at the top of the shoe.

Tie your high-top Converse with a bow at the top, using the excess shoelace.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use two pairs of shoelaces on your high-top Converse to get a colorful look.

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