Double Helix Lacing
Also referred to as "Spiralacing", this patented method has the laces angled one way on the outside and the other way on the inside. The resulting double helix reduces friction and allows faster, easier lacing.
• Begin straight across the bottom (grey section). Note the unusual path: Feed the left end OUT through the bottom-left eyelet. Feed the right end IN through the bottom-right eyelet.
• At each eyelet pair, the right end runs diagonally on the inside and out the next higher eyelet on the left, while the left end runs diagonally on the outside and in through the next higher eyelet on the right. Repeat until lacing is completed.
Fast & easy
Less wear & tear
The left and right shoes can be laced in reverse (mirror image) so as to end up with a symmetrical look.
Double Helix Lacing Theory
This method was invented and patented by Monte Fisher for faster and easier lacing of shoes and boots. The idea is that there is less friction between the laces and the edges of the shoe flaps, plus negligible contact between overlapping laces, reducing friction even further.
In addition, as illustrated in Monte's patent, groups of two adjacent laces can be pulled simultaneously (see animation at right).
All these factors combine to make tightening and loosening easier, especially on tall boots with many eyelets.
Sports / Military Advice
Like various straight lacing methods, Double Helix Lacing has an additional benefit for sporting or military use: The upper sections of shoelace can be quickly cut through with a knife or scissors in order to more easily remove a boot from a broken, sprained or otherwise injured ankle or foot.
Note that most military forces have regulations for just about everything, so I'd recommend that military personnel check before they adopt this, or any other, possible non-regulation lacing method!
Double Helix Lacing Gallery
Nike Blazer Highs with Double Helix Lacing.
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Shoelace Lengths for Double Helix Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||71 cm
|Lengths available:||27"||27" | 36"||36"||40"||45"||45"||54"|
Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
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