Double Cross Lacing

Lacing (pic)

The laces run three steps forward on the inside, one step back on the outside. The result is short, wide crosses overlapping tall crosses.

Eight pairs of eyelets, variation 1

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Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – 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.


• Variation 1 has empty rows of eyelets (near the top and bottom), resulting in underlying crosses of a consistent height and angle.

• Variation 2 uses all eyelets, resulting in “compressed” crossovers at top and bottom. This looks less consistent but feels more secure, plus it uses more shoelace.

• Variation 3 has the overlapping crossovers interwoven, producing a really interesting look.

• Variation 4 is for shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs, which require one “compressed” crossover at either the top or the bottom of the lacing.


Decorative look

Tricky to tighten

“Lengthens” ends


Although the interwoven variation looks great, that comes at the expense of being 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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Shoelace Lengths for Double Cross Lacing

Variation 1 – Regular spacing
Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs123 cm48 in+5.5 cm+2.2 in
7 pairs121 cm47 in+1.2 cm+0.5 in
6 pairs98 cm39 in+7.1 cm+2.8 in
5 pairs96 cm38 in+2.9 cm+1.1 in
4, 3, 2 pairs = (N/A)
Variation 2 – Compressed
Pairs of
length needed
ends by
10 pairs167 cm66 in–6.4 cm–2.5 in
8 pairs143 cm56 in–4.7 cm–1.9 in
6 pairs119 cm47 in–3.1 cm–1.2 in
4 pairs94 cm37 in–1.4 cm–0.6 in
9, 7, 5, 3, 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

• Variation 1 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 effectively lengthens the ends, whereas Variation 2 effectively shortens the ends.

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor 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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