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Zipper Lacing
This method "locks" the laces at each eyelet pair. Great for lacing skates tightly because the lower sections hold while tightening. It also looks interesting, a bit like a giant zipper.
Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
Step
9
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7
6
5
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3
2
1
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Lacing Technique:
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• The ends are looped under the laces where they feed under the sides of the shoe.
• Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.
• Repeat the looping and crossing and feeding out through the next higher eyelets until lacing is completed.

Features:
Decorative look
Holds very firmly
Harder to tighten
3% shorter ends (on average).
Notes:
One of the biggest difficulties when tightening shoes is that of keeping the lower sections tight while working on the upper sections. Zipper Lacing is a bit like tying a half-knot at each eyelet, which holds quite firmly. This makes it a great lacing for skates, boots, climbing shoes, or any footwear where very firm support is needed.


Zipper Lacing Gallery
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Shoelace Lengths for Zipper Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 inch
82 cm
32 inch
93 cm
37 inch
104 cm
41 inch
115 cm
45 inch
126 cm
49 inch
137 cm
54 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" | 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" | 54" 54"
Comparative Length:
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (-3% 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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Related Links
Lug Zipper Lacing Lug Zipper Lacing
Same lacing method for shoes with lugs instead of eyelets.
Hash Lacing Hash Lacing
Similar looking method with larger "diamonds" running down the middle.

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