Cyclone Fence Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Alternately looping under the left and right of previous rows forms a decorative lacing that resembles a section of cyclone fencing (or “chain-link” fencing).

Eight pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• 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 continues across the shoe and is peaked towards the left side before feeding 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.


Decorative look

Harder to tighten

Laces wear more

“Lengthens” ends


• 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.

Shoe lacing photo

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Cyclone Fence Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Cyclone Fence Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs120 cm47 in+6.9 cm+2.7 in
7 pairs108 cm43 in+7.3 cm+2.9 in
6 pairs101 cm40 in+5.9 cm+2.3 in
5 pairs89 cm35 in+6.3 cm+2.5 in
4 pairs82 cm32 in+4.9 cm+1.9 in
3 pairs70 cm28 in+5.3 cm+2.1 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'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

Where I'm from in Virginia, we often call Cyclone Fence “Chain-Link” fence ...

– Will T., Virginia, USA, Oct-2018

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