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Army Lacing

This inside-out version of Bow Tie Lacing is used on combat boots by various armies. With the crossovers on the insides, the sides of the boots can flex more easily.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique:

• For EVEN numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• For ODD numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• At each eyelet pair, alternate between a crossover on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets or running straight up on the outside and in through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.

Allows more flex
Loose fit
Harder to tighten
33% longer ends (approx.)

• Combat boots are notorious for being made of thick, sturdy leather that does not flex very easily, making them hard and uncomfortable for any manoeuvering. This lacing eliminates any crossovers that would hold down the sides of the boot, allowing the leather to crease more freely. These creases can be seen clearly in the third photo below, particularly near the ankle area.

• On the other hand, if you would prefer to have a more rigid lacing, such as for marching, parachuting, or for preventing ankle injuries in rough or slippery terrain, Ladder Lacing would be a better choice.

• I've been told that Army Lacing is used by the British, Dutch, French and Brazilian armies.

• This lacing is also useful for skateboarders. The rough grip-tape on skateboards rubs across the "high points" where the shoelaces run over the edges of the shoes, eventually chewing through them. Because this lacing has no shoelace segments running over the edges, there is less shoelace exposed to abrasion.

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Converse Hi-Tops with Army Lacing
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Shoelace Lengths for Army Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) 63 cm
25 inch
74 cm
29 inch
77 cm
30 inch
87 cm
34 inch
91 cm
36 inch
101 cm
40 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 27" 36" 36" 40"
Comparative Length:
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+33% on average).
• These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker.
• For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

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Related Links
Bow Tie Lacing Bow Tie Lacing

Same method inside-out, with the vertical sections hidden on the inside.

Train Track Lacing Train Track Lacing

Similar method with the underlying laces running straight across instead of at an angle.

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