Introduction: Zip Up Laces

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After finding myself repeatedly waiting to take my shoes off until it was time for bed, I realized I needed to figure out another way to lace my sneakers. I like my sneakers tied tightly, but it meant I had to tighten and tie them when putting them on and loosening several sections to take them off. No, it doesn't take that much effort, but after a long day of work, everyone is entitled to be a little extra lazy.

I went looking for a solution and found this. I had to have some! This instructable seems to be from back in the day when photo instructables were a thing, so here's my step by step version. Thanks for the inspiration rachel!

Step 1: Materials

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Shoes (I'm using my made-to-order converse high tops, but I also made my husband some for his boots.)

2 zippers (I used 7" for the high tops.)

Tiny sharp scissors or other method for punching holes in fabric

Small eyelets and eyelet application tools

Small rivets and rivet application tools OR needle and thread

Shears or other tool for cutting/splitting the zipper teeth

Step 2: Applying Eyelets

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Unlace your shoes.

Mark your zipper next to each eyelet on the shoe. (If the shoe eyelets are straight, you could lay the zipper underneath and put a pen through them to mark the zipper. My shoes have a curve to them, so I put the zipper up to the edge and eyed where to mark the zipper.)

Use your tiny scissors to cut a small hole on each mark.

Push the eyelet through the hole and use your eyelet tool to affix them.

Continue until you've applied all the eyelets on one side.

Step 3: 2nd Side

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Unzip the zipper and fold the eyelet side over the 2nd side.

Use a pen to mark the 2nd side through the eyelets.

Apply eyelets to the 2nd side.

Step 4: 2nd Zipper and Finishing

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Lay the first zipper over the 2nd zipper to mark the eyelet placement.

Apply eyelets to the 2nd zipper.

Fold over the bottom of the zippers with enough room for rivets.

Cut a hole for the rivets and use the rivet tool to affix them.

Cut the excess zipper off the back if there is any.

Repeat this process at the top.

Note: You could also stitch the top and bottom of the zippers. I had the rivets and tools already out, so I went with the rivets.

Step 5: Lace 'em and Enjoy

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Lace them up and tie the excess laces in the back. The original instructable shows that the laces were cut and tied in a knot at the top, so this is also an option, but I didn't want to cut my laces.

They fit great and are so much easier to put on and take off!


thomas.luton.96 (author)2014-12-26

WOW Thats really cool :D

inventor scout (author)2014-11-15

I'm making these, they are a lot easier to put on, but my zipper isn't quite as wide, so the grommets hang over the side.

shazni (author)2014-10-29

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-S!!!!! My favorite entry ;-)

Brooklyntonia (author)shazni2014-10-29

Thanks! I'm so excited about my first grand prize win. Congrats to you too!

Rhonda Chase Design (author)2014-10-27

What great idea! No one in my house ever actually wears their Converse high tops because they're so hard to get on and off. And the look is awesome too!

ZaneEricB (author)2014-10-27


jatoha (author)2014-10-06

Wow, these are awesome and I have all the materials to make them- thanks!

mfrontuto (author)2014-10-05

sweet! I have an old pair of shoes that I need to do this to for when I do yard work. Thanks

chiggy1049 (author)2014-09-26

A wonderful idea! My son's autistic and just can't get no matter how much you try and teach him how to tie his shoes so this will be a great help with him being more independent :D Thank you

shazni (author)2014-09-21

This is fantastic! I really must adapt this to most of the laced shoes. We avoid buying laced shoes because my son hates lacing and unlacing in school. Thanks for this tutorial :-) . Defineitly voting for all 3!

guy.lamoureux.7 (author)shazni2014-09-21

I am very sorry but I'll have to be frank with you : why don't you teach your kid not to be so lazy ? And he has to develop his fine motor skills. Lacing up his shoes is a very good practice to do that.

I'm an elementary teacher, so I agree it's important to teach them to tie their own shoes. Until they learn, however, their laces are dragging the ground at school in hallways and bathrooms collecting all manner of disgusting germs (and I'm no germaphobe) and repeatedly causing them to trip when the kid behind them in line steps on them. There are very few kindergarten students that can tie their shoes themselves, so their teacher inevitably spends a lot of time tying their gross laces. I say teach them to tie their shoes at home and let them learn math and reading at school.

I they can't tie them up themselves, they tuck them in their shoes. And with my wife's experience, around 50% of kids know how to tie their shoes at the beginning od the year.

And "fine motor skills" is in the curriculum because it's the right age to do it. Math and reading is not part of the curriculum. Only an introduction to math and reading is. Let's not jump ahead too fast please.

shazni (author)guy.lamoureux.72014-09-21

No problem :-). Yes, perhaps he is a bit lazy. But he is 7 yrs and 3 days out of 5 he has to go to school by 6 am and the other 2 days by 7 am. Also in school they have to remove their shoes about 2-3 times. Waking them up early and getting all 3 of my kids( 4, 7, 12) ready at the same time is stressful enough without having to deal with early morning fuss! I have no issues with my daughter as she is older. But my 7 yr old, perhaps a bit more time :-)

guy.lamoureux.7 (author)shazni2014-09-21

My wife (kindergarten teacher) tells me that this skill should me learned at around 4 and should be mastered at 5. Practice. Practice. Practice. It will only help him.

Brooklyntonia (author)shazni2014-09-21

Thanks for the compliments and the votes!

CaseyCase (author)2014-09-21

Love the instructable--the zipper mod is great but those crazy shoes make my eyes bleed.

Brooklyntonia (author)CaseyCase2014-09-22

Yea, well it's easy to get carried away on Converse's Design-Your-Own site.

pmorse1 (author)2014-09-21

I guess one could sew the zipper on, but the eyelets give it more "oomph"! I like the look and I'm a 73 yr. old woman. I'm going to have to make a pair for my 5 yr. old great-grandson. I know he would love them, even tho' he knows how to tie shoes and all! It's the look, I love! Thanks!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-09-21

This is so awesome! I love that and those shoes are wicked awesome too !!!

Sawowie XD (author)2014-09-20

ah this is amazing, now i need to convert all my shoes :D

... and buy an eyelet tool

daner girl 16 (author)2014-09-20

I had that that craft in mind I am going to make them the high tops look snug,warm & cozy are the comfortable with the sipper? Can u make them with any sneakers

They're totally comfortable. I don't see any reason why you couldn't use them on any shoes with laces. You just need a zipper that's an appropriate length.

watchmeflyy (author)2014-09-20

Great idea!

Robson Couto (author)2014-09-20


At the first look i didn't believed that you made it.

A really good work, professional.

I love these converse high tops, these zipers could be nice to have when i broke my foot, was a pain to take off the shoes.

Good luck in the contests!

Thanks! I love Converse's design-your-own sneakers program. I wish I could afford to get a new pair every week.

Using them when you have an injured foot is a great idea for an additional application.

I also thought they would be good for little kids to wear to school until they learn to tie their shoes. Their teacher would love you! Of course you'd have to leave the laces in some shoes they wear at home to continue to practice.


That kid would have the niciest shoes in the classroom.

But I also like to tie my laces different once in a while.


Leei1337 (author)2014-09-20

They are the most insane converse I've seen and I love the zipper idea! Pure genius

NanaConnie (author)2014-09-20

This was awesome!

MicioGatta (author)2014-09-20

Ggenial! I love it! I should do it :)

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-09-20

Very, very clever solution, and I absolutely love those high tops!!

These are just perfect when you're in a rush, or if you are getting tired of your laces untying with no reason at all!

acuchetto (author)2014-09-20

These look cool! Are they comfy? Do the rivets rub against the top of your foot?

Brooklyntonia (author)acuchetto2014-09-20

Thanks! They feel almost exactly like when I laced them. I don't feel the rivets at all. The only difference is tying them around the heel. If I'm sitting with my ankles crossed, the knot can become uncomfortable. It doesn't bother me enough to change it, but if it ever does, I can cut the tops of the laces and tie them in a knot on each side of the zipper to keep them snug.

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-20

These are so awesome! Now I'll never have to tie my shoes again, excellent. Thanks for sharing!

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