Double Back Lacing
The lacing first runs down the shoe, then doubles back up the shoe. Looks interesting plus holds very firmly, but is awkward to tighten.
Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – Hidden verticals at bottom
• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the second-from-top set of eyelets.
• Cross the ends and feed in through the second-lower set of eyelets (skip past one set of eyelets).
• Continue down the shoe two sets of eyelets at a time.
• At the bottom, run each lace end vertically between the bottom and second-from-bottom eyelets.
• Double back and work back up the shoe, criss-crossing through the vacant sets of eyelets.
• Variation 1 has hidden verticals at the bottom.
• Variation 2 has a visible crossover at the bottom, which needs slightly longer shoelaces.
Stays very tight
Variation 1 mostly “Lengthens” ends
Variation 2 “Shortens” ends
Double Back Lacing Video
Shoelace Lengths for Double Back Lacing
|Variation 1 – Verticals at bottom|
|8 pairs||134 cm||53 in||–0.5 cm||–0.2 in|
|7 pairs||123 cm||48 in||+0.2 cm||+0.1 in|
|6 pairs||111 cm||44 in||+0.9 cm||+0.4 in|
|5 pairs||99 cm||39 in||+1.6 cm||+0.6 in|
|4 pairs||87 cm||34 in||+2.3 cm||+0.9 in|
|3 pairs||75 cm||30 in||+3.0 cm||+1.2 in|
|2 pairs||63 cm||25 in||+3.7 cm||+1.4 in|
|Variation 2 – Crossover at bottom|
|8 pairs||142 cm||56 in||–4.1 cm||–1.6 in|
|7 pairs||130 cm||51 in||–3.5 cm||–1.4 in|
|6 pairs||118 cm||46 in||–2.8 cm||–1.1 in|
|5 pairs||106 cm||42 in||–2.1 cm||–0.8 in|
|4 pairs||94 cm||37 in||–1.4 cm||–0.5 in|
|3 pairs||82 cm||32 in||–0.7 cm||–0.3 in|
|2 pairs||71 cm||28 in||–||–|
NOTE: These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker. For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.
• Variation 1 mostly needs shorter shoelaces than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing, whereas Variation 2 needs longer shoelaces.
• If the original shoelaces are re-used, Variation 1 mostly lengthens the ends, whereas Variation 2 effectively shortens the ends.
More details about length comparisons.
Before going to your website my shoelaces were outrageously big (52cm) and i was always tripping over them. I tried tying the Double Back Lacing and now my shoelaces are 45cm when they are untied, and only 15 cm with an Ian knot.
– Brendan K., Melbourne, Australia, Nov-2004
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