Shoe Shop Lacing
Often seen in shoe shops because many shoes come pre-laced this way from the factory. One end runs from bottom to
top while the other end zig-zags through the eyelets. Sometimes referred to as "Factory Lacing" or "Single Helix
Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.
• The left (blue) end runs all the way up the inside and out through the top right eyelet (or top left
eyelet for variation 2).
• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and left on the inside, then straight across on the outside.
Repeat until lacing is completed.
• For variation 2, the right (yellow) end reaches the second from top right eyelet, then runs straight up
the inside and out through the top right eyelet.
Easy to lace
End lengths shift
5% shorter ends on avg. (variation 1)
7% longer ends on avg. (variation 2)
For normal use, run the long section diagonally from bottom-left to top-right.
For a neater look, run the long section straight up the inside from bottom-left to top-left.
The left and right shoes can be laced in reverse (mirror image) to end up with a symmetrical look.
Sports / Military Advice:
Like other straight lacing methods, Shoe Shop Lacing has an additional benefit for sporting or military use:
The upper horizontal 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!
Shoelace Lengths for Shoe Shop Lacing
Pairs of eyelets:
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (-5% on average).