Footbag players use this lacing to open up the front of their shoes, making it easier to catch or otherwise control the
footbag (or "Hacky Sack"). Often referred to as "Hacky Sack Lacing".
Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
Lacing Technique 1 - Basic:
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the third set of eyelets from the bottom.
• Both ends run straight down on the outside and in through the next lower eyelets.
• Both ends run straight down on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.
• Both ends run straight up on the outside and in through the fourth set of eyelets.
• Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.
The long, straight sections on the outside at the bottom of the lacing should be pulled very tight, which will open up
the toe box.
27% longer ends (approx.)
• This page shows four popular variations of Footbag Lacing, the common element being long, straight segments along
the outside that pull the toe section outwards. The front of the shoe becomes a large, rimmed area for catching ("stalling")
the footbag ("Hacky Sack").
• Instead of
Criss Cross Lacing on the upper sets of eyelets, use
Army Lacing, or any other method that doesn't have passes of shoelace across the top of the shoe. With less restiction on
the sides of the shoe, they are free to open up wider.
• To open up the front of the shoe even further, start the lacing from the fourth set of eyelets from the
bottom and skip one set of eyelets on the way down. You can even start from higher up, although this makes for a loose fit.
Note that this can also be helpful if you have shoes that are a little too tight, even for those who don't play footbag.
In short, there is no fixed technique. People use all sorts of methods to open up the front section, even going to the
modifying their shoes. You're welcome to use your own variations to create a method that balances function, style and
comfort to your individual taste.
Shoelace Lengths for Footbag Lacing
Pairs of eyelets:
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+27% on average).