Lightning Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Looks a bit like a lightning bolt, plus it's lightning fast to lace. The laces run diagonally on the outside, vertically on the inside.

Eight pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
3
Flip
Step
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Lacing Technique – for even numbers of eyelet pairs

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

• The left (blue) end runs diagonally all the way to the top of the shoe and in through the top right eyelet.

• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and across on the outside and in through the next higher eyelet, then straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• The now-left (yellow) end runs diagonally down and across on the outside and in through the next lower eyelet, then straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• Repeat running alternately up and across or down and across until lacing is completed.

Variations

• Variation 1 begins horizontally from the bottom-left eyelet (shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs).

• Variation 2 begins vertically from the bottom-left eyelet (shoes with odd numbers of eyelet pairs.

Features

Unusual look

Lightning fast

End lengths shift

“Lengthens” ends

Notes

• This method is non-symmetrical. Lacing the left and right shoes in reverse (flipped horizontally) results in a symmetrical looking pair.

Lightning Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Lightning Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
8 pairs119 cm47 in+7.4 cm+2.9 in
7 pairs107 cm42 in+8.0 cm+3.1 in
6 pairs102 cm40 in+5.2 cm+2.0 in
5 pairs91 cm36 in+5.7 cm+2.2 in
4 pairs86 cm34 in+2.8 cm+1.1 in
3 pairs75 cm29 in+3.2 cm+1.3 in
2 pairs70 cm28 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.

Comparative Length

• Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively lengthens the ends.

More details about length comparisons.

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