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Vice Versa Lacing

A Step-by-Step Shoe Lacing Tutorial

About the Vice Versa Method

The most avant-garde in shoelace patterns, the Vice-Versa is the ultimate in lacing minimalism. This is one of the most creative ways to lace your shoes, with most of the lacing hidden beneath the facing. Note: If you have an odd number of eyelet pairs, begin lacing your shoelace with one lace slightly longer than the other (about 1”). When you have one remaining set of eyelets, take the longer shoelace and lace it back under the facing of the shoe. Then bring it behind the facing and through the top eyelet.
DIFFICULTY 4/5

Vice Versa Instructions

  1. 1. With the toe facing you, slip your shoelace through the bottom eyelet pair. The shoelace should go over the facing to create a straight bar.
  2. 2. Take the left shoelace and thread it through the right eyelet and take the right shoelace and thread it through the left eyelet. It should lace behind the facing and remain unseen.
  3. 3. Then take the right shoelace and lace it through the right eyelet, forming a bar that is perpendicular to the straight bar at the base.
  4. 4. Then take the left shoelace and lace it through the left eyelet, forming a bar that is perpendicular to the straight bar at the base.
  5. 5. Repeat steps two through four until you have one remaining set of eyelets.
  6. 6. Thread the shoelaces through the top set of eyelets below the facing of the shoe.

  7. NOTE: If you have an odd number of eyelet pairs, begin lacing your shoelace with one lace slightly longer than the other (about 1”). When you have one remaining set of eyelets, take the longer shoelace and lace it back under the facing of the shoe. Then bring it behind the facing and through the top eyelet.

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