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Segmented Lacing

Also referred to as "Zoned Lacing", this method divides the lacing into two or more segments, each of which can be laced up as tightly or loosely as necessary to achieve a comfortable yet secure fit for difficult shoes or feet.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique:

• Begin with two shoelaces, each about half the length of the original shoelaces.

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• At each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until about the middle of the shoe.

• Starting from the next higher set of eyelets, the second lace is similarly laced to the top of the shoe.

• Each "segment" is then tightened to suit your preference and knotted.

Many uses
Messy look
52% longer ends (approx.)

• Instead of "Criss Cross Lacing" as shown on this page, other lacing methods can be used.

• Instead of dividing the segments equally, the segments may be different sizes.

• Instead of the two segments shown on this page, three or more segments can be used.

• Instead of identical shoelaces, different colors can be used for each segment, creating a multi-color lacing (as seen below).

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Puma Abbey Stripes with pale blue and aqua Segmented Lacing
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Shoelace Lengths for Segmented Lacing (each segment)
Pairs of eyelets used by segment: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for that segment: 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 (each segment):
Shorter shoelaces needed for each segment than for the whole shoe.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+52% 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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Lug Segmented Lacing Lug Segmented Lacing

Same lacing method for shoes with lugs instead of eyelets.

Knotted Segment Lacing Knotted Segment Lacing

Single shoelace segmented with a knot, which is neater than using two separate laces.

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