A decorative lacing with each row looped under the previous row, forming a diagonal series of loops that appears to “cascade” down the shoe. (From: Tim Talley)
• Begin with the shoelace fed through the bottom-left eyelet, with the inner (blue) end much shorter than the outer (yellow) end.
• The inner (blue) end runs all the way up the inside and out through the top-left eyelet.
• The outer (yellow) end runs across on the outside and is peaked towards the right side before feeding into the bottom-right eyelet.
• The right (yellow) end runs straight up the inside and out through the next higher eyelet, then loops under the previously peaked row.
• The right (yellow) end is once again peaked on the right side before continuing across the shoe and into the adjacent eyelet.
• Continue up the shoe, alternately running straight up the inside or across on the outside and looping under the previously peaked row.
• On shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs, finish with a diagonal segment on the inside to emerge through the top-right eyelet.
Harder to tighten
Laces wear more
• To make the loop-unders consistent, take care to alternate the direction in which the lace end is fed under the previously peaked row. Based on the non-flipped diagram:
- After emerging from a right-hand-side eyelet, feed under the right side of the previously peaked row and out at the bottom before continuing over and to the left.
- After emerging from a left-hand-side eyelet, feed over the left side of the previously peaked row and in at the bottom before continuing under and to the right.
• This method is asymmetrical. Lacing the left and right shoes in reverse (flipped horizontally) creates a symmetrical looking pair.
Shoelace Lengths for Cascade Lacing
|8 pairs||121 cm||48 in||+6.3 cm||+2.5 in|
|7 pairs||115 cm||45 in||+4.2 cm||+1.7 in|
|6 pairs||101 cm||40 in||+5.8 cm||+2.3 in|
|5 pairs||95 cm||37 in||+3.6 cm||+1.4 in|
|4 pairs||82 cm||32 in||+5.0 cm||+2.0 in|
|3 pairs||76 cm||30 in||+2.6 cm||+1.0 in|
|2 pairs = (N/A)|
• 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.
I've been trying out as much as I can on the site and I can say some of these lacing methods have fascinated people as I have had them on my various shoes. Some of them I will admit like the Cyclone Fence Lacing I sent you last time while it can be done with flat shoe laces, it ends up as a mess unless you really straighten it up and round laces are the best way to do it - if your not a neat freak about it like me. The same goes for the Cascade Lacing as well which took me several tries to get right somehow.
– Ian S., New York, USA, Oct-2018
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