Asterisk Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Lacing sets of three eyelet pairs with a crossover plus a straight section results in a decorative series of asterisk (*) symbols.

Eight pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
3
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Step
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Lacing Technique – 8 pairs of eyelets

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the set of eyelets two rows higher up the shoe (skip past one set of eyelets).

• The left (yellow) end runs straight down on the inside and out through the next lower eyelet, then straight across on the outside and in through the opposite eyelet.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside, each skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up.

• The higher (blue) end runs straight across on the outside and in through the opposite eyelet, then straight down on the inside and out through the next lower eyelet.

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the set of eyelets two rows higher up the shoe (skip past one set of eyelets).

• Both ends run straight up on the inside and out through the top eyelets.

Features

Decorative look

Harder to tighten

Harder to tie

“Lengthens” ends

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Asterisk Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
8 pairs110 cm43 in+11.9 cm+4.7 in
7 pairs107 cm42 in+8.2 cm+3.2 in
6 pairs103 cm41 in+4.6 cm+1.8 in
5 pairs91 cm36 in+5.3 cm+2.1 in
4 pairs78 cm31 in+6.6 cm+2.6 in
3 pairs75 cm30 in+3.0 cm+1.2 in
2 pairs = (N/A)

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

• Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively lengthens the ends.

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor Feedback

I also tried the Asterisk Lacing which looked really cool, but in the end I found a little too “eyecatching”.

– Florian B., Jun-2015

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