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Over Under Lace Design

Quick Specs About Pattern
Difficulty Easy
Adjustability Easy
Completion Time 3 min/Shoe
Create This Look
Lace Anchors, White Shoelaces


Over Under Lace Design

Additional Information About this Shoelace Design

Shoes Required:

Over Under works for most shoes, as long as they have at least four eyelet holes. However, it’s best for the shoe to have an odd number of eyelets, as it will make finishing off easier. In general, this is a sportier type of common lace designs, making it appropriate for more casual footwear like sneakers and lounging shoes or even athletic style shoes.

Shoelaces Required:

Any type of shoelace can support the Over Under design. From round to oval to flat laces, any well-constructed lace will be perfect. A good pair from RocketInk® laces in an appropriate length will keep the shoelace patterns of the Over Under looking amazing for a long time.

Eyelets Required:

The Over Under design works well with shoes that have odd numbers of eyelet holes, such as five or seven. But Over Under is also possible with shoes that have even numbers of eyelet holes on each side of the shoe with minor adjustments.

Finishing Off:

You can simply tie a bow knot to finish the pattern off since the laces end up together at the top. However, there are certain downsides to choosing a bow, such as the need to continuously re-tie it and the possibility of it becoming loose at inopportune moments which can be frustrating.

A more efficient way to finish the Over Under and similar lacing designs is to use a secure fastener like Lace Anchors®. The Lace Anchors® proprietary anchoring system essentially locks the ends of the shoelace under the top eyelet holes when finishing off. Once the Lace Anchors® are secure, the shoelaces will not move and your shoes will become comfortable, yet appropriately stable slip-ons. Because Lace Anchors® are designed to lie flat, you won’t feel them throughout the day.  This eliminates the need to stuff laces inside ones shoes.

Additional Options:

Additional options for the Over Under lacing style include:

* Turning it into Under Over by reversing the directions to make the Over Under pattern.

* Making one shoes pattern Over Under and the other Under Over.

* Choosing two different shades of shoelaces to make one foot different from the other. This is a wonderful method to help younger children learn right from left. As a bonus, they can usually learn the Over Under design quickly once they have the motor skills to lace a shoe.

* Having one shoe in the Over Under pattern and the other shoe in a completely different pattern, such as the Bar Lace design. This will spark conversation on the court, in the park or at school.