Lattice Lacing

Lacing (pic)

The outer segments are crossed at a steep angle, allowing them to be woven through each other to form a decorative lattice in the middle.

Eight pairs of eyelets, variation 1

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Lacing Technique – 8 pairs of eyelets

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the pair of eyelets four rows higher up the shoe (skip past three rows).

• Run both ends straight down on the inside and out through the lowest empty pair of eyelets at the bottom of the shoe.

• The right (blue) end runs diagonally up and left on the outside, feeding in through the eyelet four rows higher up the shoe (skip past three rows), then continues straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• The now-left (blue) end runs diagonally down and right on the outside (crossing under the intersecting diagonal segment), feeding in through the lowest empty eyelet at bottom-right before continuing straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• The now-right (blue) end again runs diagonally up and left, feeding under the left side and out through the top-left eyelet.

• Switching to the left (yellow) end, follow a mirror-image of the above path to lace the opposite eyelets. At each intersection of a crossing segment, alternate crossing under or over for a nicely woven result.


• Variation 1 results in a single lattice.

• Variation 2 (on 11+ pairs of eyelets) results in multiple short lattices.


Very popular!

Decorative look

Tricky to tighten

Variation 1 mostly “Shortens” ends

Variation 2 “Lengthens” ends


The more pairs of eyelets in the shoe, the taller and more dense the resulting lattice because there are more diagonals running each way and woven through each other:

  • 6 or 7 pairs = Three diagonals each way;
  • 8 or 9 pairs = Four diagonals each way;
  • 10 or 11 pairs = Five diagonals each way; etc.

On shoes with many pairs of eyelets, instead of lacing a single dense lattice, an alternative is to combine one or more simpler lattices made of three diagonals – each of which fills another five pairs of eyelets – with the remaining eyelets above and/or below laced with simple crossovers:

  • 6 thru 10 pairs = One lattice;
  • 11 thru 15 pairs = Two lattices;
  • 16 thru 20 pairs = Three lattices; etc.

This lacing method, like most decorative methods, is more difficult to tighten. Luckily, it does have the advantage that the top is like a V-neck garment. Once the knot is untied, the top of the shoe can be opened fairly wide to more easily slip the foot in or out – without needing to loosen or re-tighten all of the lacing.

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Shoelace Lengths for Lattice Lacing

Variation 1 – Single lattice
Pairs of
length needed
ends by
11 pairs178 cm70 in–6.3 cm–2.5 in
10 pairs167 cm66 in–6.3 cm–2.5 in
9 pairs151 cm60 in–3.7 cm–1.5 in
8 pairs141 cm56 in–3.7 cm–1.5 in
ends by
7 pairs118 cm47 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
6 pairs108 cm43 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
5, 4, 3, 2 pairs = (N/A)
Variation 2 – Multiple short lattices
Pairs of
length needed
ends by
11 pairs156 cm61 in+4.5 cm+1.8 in
10 pairs150 cm59 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
9 pairs139 cm55 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
8 pairs129 cm51 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
7 pairs118 cm47 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
6 pairs108 cm43 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
5, 4, 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 mostly needs longer shoelaces than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing, whereas Variation 2 needs shorter shoelaces.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, Variation 1 mostly shortens the ends, whereas Variation 2 effectively lengthens the ends.

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor Feedback

it turned out to be very comfortable. loose but not too loose with the lattices. and the shoes are so, so easy to get on and off now. nike blazers are notoriously hard to put on. now all i have to do is loosen the criss cross at the top and im good to go.

– Tony, Indiana, USA, Jul-2023

Oh, and I found that after lattice lacing that pair, I've switched all of my converse to lattice lacing. They are tight on the top of the foot but very easy to slip your shoe in and out of - much faster than the regular bar/straight lacing styles.

– Lyndsay P., Sep-2009

I'm getting married and I ordered some custom Converse to wear with my dress. I wanted to use some ribbon for the laces in a color that matched the color of ribbon on my dress. I was googling random things related to shoe laces and whooosh! I was transported to your site. I spent an entire evening trying different styles to see which looked fancy enough for a wedding. I finally decided on the Lattice Lacing. My soon-to-be husband was so impressed with I came out of my room and showed him what I could do. He wants me to pick something neat to do for his dress shoes as well. This is just one of those little things that will add big drama to my wedding look. Thank you so much!

– Laurissa M., Tukwila, WA, USA, Feb-2008

I've been using the lattice lacing on my hiking boots. It looks very nice, but as you wrote it is not so easy to tighten (or loosen).

– John R., Sep-2007

One change I made though was to lace top to bottom so that the lace ends are at the toe end of the shoe. I never tie my laces and the gap left at the top of the shoe when using the method on your site makes for a slippy shoe. When laced “upside-down” the sides of the shoe are held together much more securley and so slippyness is reduced.

– Steve P., Dorset, UK, Jan-2007

I did lattice lacing on my walk about shoes. Like you said, hard to adjust tension but it looks pretty neat.

– Ben W., Dec-2006

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