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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 Lacing".

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1

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Lacing Technique

• 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.


1 For normal use, run the long section diagonally from bottom-left to top-right.

2 For a neater look, run the long section straight up the inside from bottom-left to top-left.


Easy to lace

Mis-aligns sides

End lengths shift

5% shorter ends (approx.)


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: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 70 cm
28 inch
81 cm
32 inch
93 cm
37 inch
104 cm
41 inch
116 cm
46 inch
127 cm
50 inch
139 cm
55 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 54" 54"

NOTE: These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker. For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Comparative Length

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−5% on average).

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