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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.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique:

• 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.

Decorative look
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:

Double Helix Lacing being tightened 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!

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Shoelace Lengths for Double Helix Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 inch
81 cm
32 inch
92 cm
36 inch
102 cm
40 inch
113 cm
44 inch
123 cm
48 inch
134 cm
53 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" | 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54"
Comparative Length:
Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
• 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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Over Under Lacing Over Under Lacing

Similar friction reducing concept that uses alternating over and under crossovers.

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Web site of Monte Fisher, inventor of Double Helix Lacing Monte Fisher's Web Site

Monte invented and patented the Double Helix Lacing method.

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