Display Shoe Lacing

Shoe stores and photographers often use this inside-out version of Criss Cross Lacing on their display shoes in order to finish with the ends neatly hidden inside the shoe.

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.

• At each eyelet pair, cross the ends, feeding in through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.

• At the top, the ends remain hidden inside the shoe.


Tidy look

Easier to loosen

Harder to tighten


This lacing is sometimes referred to as "Canadian Lacing", based on its use by some Canadian ice hockey players, who believe that it creates a tighter fit for ice skates. In this case, the laces would obviously be tied across the top (rather than tucked in).

This comes at the expense of being more difficult to tighten because it's harder to get fingers under the laces from the bottom of the shoe and pull up.

On the flip side, this lacing can be loosened more easily because it's easier to get fingers under the laces from the top of the shoe and pull down.

Display Shoe Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Display Shoe Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 inch
81 cm
32 inch
92 cm
36 inch
102 cm
40 inch
113 cm
44 inch
123 cm
48 inch
134 cm
53 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" | 36" 36" 40" 45" 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

Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

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Display Shoe Lacing Feedback

"I learned about your display method from a friend from college who told me that the laces stay snug when lacing up our ice skates. I do this for my regular shoes as well. The idea is that the laces are supposed to stay tight due to the friction between the tongue and the sides of the shoe. So, the portion that has already been tightened actually seems to stay locked in whereas, the criss-cross method actually seems to come loose as the shoe expands due to its sponginess. 1 problem with the criss-cross method is that by time you've tightened the top, the middle and lower parts become loosened. I find it hard to explain, but the problem becomes much more apparent in ice skates, where it's tight at the top, but loose at the bottom. The criss-cross method has this problem because the portion of the lace that is about to pass through the eyelet is inbetween the tongue and the sides, thus creating friction and making it harder to tighten, and the portion already passed through the eyelet is relatively loose by comparison."

– Eugene W., Surrey, BC, Canada, Nov-2004

"In most shoe stores, the shoes come pre-laced from the manufacturer, either with "Shoe Shop" lacing or "Display Shoe" lacing, depending on the type of shoe.

The shop assistant rarely laces new shoes at all, except in the cases where the store has a policy of relacing shoes to make them easier for customers to try on (usually with Straight (European) Lacing or Criss-Cross Lacing)."

– Lars R., shoe store assistant, Jul-2008

"The Canadian Forces still uses ladder lacing on the ankle boots, and for the combat boots, cross laces, but always with one lace always passing on top to make it easy to undo the boot with a knife to have an injured foot looked at. The laces are also fed from the top of the eyelet, not underneath. I have no idea why, but that's how it's done"

– Kimball M., Canada, Jan-2012

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