This distinctive lacing is worn on military boots by paratroopers and ceremonial guard units. The laces weave
horizontally and vertically, forming a secure "ladder".
Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• The ends are run straight up the sides and in through the next higher set of eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, the ends run straight across, feeding under the vertical lace sections on the opposite
side before continuing straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.
• At the top, the ends can optionally be fed under the vertical sections once again before being tied (see
Stays very tight
Harder to tighten
2% shorter ends on avg. (variation 1)
22% shorter ends on avg. (variation 2)
For normal use, the ends are tied at the top as usual.
For a consistent look plus additional tightening, the ends can once again be fed under the vertical sections on
the opposite sides before tying at the middle.
This lacing looks particularly effective on high boots with many eyelets, especially when contrasting laces are
Although this lacing is slightly harder to tighten, this can actually assist in getting the lacing really tight
because the lower sections hold more firmly while progressing up the shoe. This makes it a great lacing to use on
hiking boots, ice skates, etc.
Shoelace Lengths for Ladder Lacing
Pairs of eyelets:
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (-2% on average).