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
Pairs
8
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6
5
4
3
2
Step
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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.

Features

Tidy look

Easier to loosen

Harder to tighten

Notes

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.

More details.

Display Shoe Lacing Feedback

"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

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