Chevron Lacing

Chevron Lacing

Separate sections of Criss Cross Lacing and Display Shoe Lacing, forming upright and inverted chevrons (∧, ∨) similar to those on military or police uniforms.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

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

• For the lower section, at each eyelet pair, cross the ends and feed in through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until just below the middle of the shoe.

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

• For the upper section, at each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Upper half easy tightening

Lower half difficult

15% longer ends (approx.)


Chevrons on U.S. Army rank insignia

• The chevrons worn on the shoulders of police and military uniforms typically denote the person's rank, with more chevrons denoting higher rank.
(eg. 1 = Private, 2 = Corporal, 3 = Sergeant).

• The boundary between downward and upward pointing chevrons doesn't have to be at the exact middle of the shoe. For example, to replicate the rank insignia of a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, use one downward pointing chevron followed by three upward pointing chevrons.

• Note that most military and police forces have regulations for just about everything, so I'd recommend that personnel check before they adopt this, or any other, possible non-regulation lacing method!

Shoelace Lengths for Chevron Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 63 cm
25 inch
74 cm
29 inch
84 cm
33 inch
95 cm
37 inch
105 cm
41 inch
116 cm
46 inch
126 cm
50 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 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

Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+15% on average).

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