Double Cross Lacing
This lacing is created by running three steps forward (on the inside), one step back (on the outside). The result is short, wide crosses overlapping tall, narrow crosses.
Lacing Technique –
– for even numbers of eyelet pairs, regular spacing
• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.
• Cross the ends on the inside and emerge through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two rows).
• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the next lower set of eyelets.
• Continue three rows up on the inside, one row down on the outside until both ends emerge through the top eyelets.
1 The standard method skips the second-from-top and second-from-bottom eyelets, which results in underlying crosses of a consistent height and angle.
2 The top and bottom crossovers can be "compressed" by skipping past only one row. This will result in a look that is less consistent but more dense, which will also use more shoelace. Note that on shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs, one end of the lacing (either the top or the bottom) will need to be compressed.
3 The overlapping crossovers can be interwoven, producing a really interesting look. Note that because of the weave, the lacing path is effectively inside-out. The short, wide crossovers actually begin and end from the inside of the eyelets but are then woven up and over the tall, narrow crossovers so that they appear to be on the outside.
Tricky to tighten
12% longer ends (approx.)
Although the interwoven variation looks great, it is terribly difficult to tighten or loosen. It's best used on low shoes or sneakers, which can be removed without loosening and thus disturbing too many of the interwoven sections.
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PUMA First Round x Santa Cruzs with Double Cross Lacing.
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Shoelace Lengths for Double Cross Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||4||5||6 (a)||6 (b)||7||8 (a)||8 (b)|
|Length needed:||94 cm
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+12% on average).
Double Cross Lacing Feedback
(Regarding the interwoven variation...)
It is very important that when lacing you periodically test fit the shoe and make adjustments as needed, or you will have to start all over if it doesn't fit right.
- Steven A, PA, USA, May-2007
I am sending this little note because after reading that the "double cross" lacing is hard to tighten or loosen, my experience taught me that it is easy if you tighten with the upper parts of the overlying X's, and loosen with the lower parts of the overlying X's. Now, I haven't tried this with the interwoven version, but I have no problems with the regular DbX!
- Wesley, NV, USA, Aug-2015
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