One of the first images I ever pinned on Pinterest was of a pair of lattice-laced Chuck Taylor/Converse All-Star sneakers. I loved the look but it didn't occur to me to make time to learn how to do the lacing myself—until last weekend. My mom was visiting and I assigned her to the task since she's a natural at figuring out this type of thing (and I'm not). I realized that there was an Instructables.com tutorial linked to the photo I had pinned so I set her up. She did, indeed, figure it out and taught me (though she somehow ended up using a different tutorial and swears she has no idea how she got to it from the original--she's not a natural with the internet). I proudly posted a photo on Instagram and Facebook of my lattice-laced red Chucks and got a lot of Likes, but I wasn't feeling confident about my skills. And then I noticed that there was an error in the lacing in my photo, which really bothered me. I kept on reminding myself that most people wouldn't notice and, even if they did, the happy, creative spirit of the lattice-lacing was still there. I fixed the error and, in the process, got a better grasp on the technique and enjoyed wearing my sneakers.
All week I was thinking that I should publish another blog post. The last one got several thousand views (thanks to a lot of sharing of the link on Facebook), which seemed incredible to me since it was my second post ever on this site. I was happy that I got so many visits for a post that reflected the true me but I was also intimidated. What could I do next that wouldn't be a let down in comparison? I felt like I should post my own tutorial on lattice-lacing Chuck Taylors because that really was what was on my mind—such a simple pleasure that I wanted to share—and the tutorial my mom and I learned from wasn't as clear as I would have liked—but that would require a lot of work I wasn't sure I could do. I debated about taking photos of each step but worried that my photos wouldn't be nice enough (especially compared to the amazing professional photos by Johnny Miller and Sara Remington that I had included with my first two posts—I had set the bar so high). Then I thought about using Adobe Illustrator to create an illustration and text to go with it. I'm very new to Adobe Illustrator (if you read my last post, you know that learning it is on my list of things I've always wanted to do). And then, last night, I just started trying and it wasn't that hard.
So, here you go: step-by-step photos below (click on a photo to enlarge) and an illustration with words here. I did it! And I'm really happy about it. I hope you will try lattice-lacing your Chucks (or other shoes). It may take you a few tries to get used to it, but I swear it's easy, which is kind of like the whole process of putting together this post.
Amazing what we can do when we put aside our insecurities and set our minds to it!