Loop Back Lacing
Each side loops back on itself down the middle, rather like when two springs become intertwined. Those loop backs may shift off-centre.
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, the ends are given a half twist in the middle of the shoe before looping back and returning to the outside.
• The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.
• Repeat until lacing is completed.
Laces wear more
Centreline may shift
• Loop Back lacing looks best on shoes with thick, round shoelaces, especially light colored laces on dark colored shoes. These accentuate the fact that the laces loop back on themselves rather than simply crossing over each other.
• When combined with Half & Half Lacing, the result is a different color on each side of the shoe. Note that the division doesn't have to run neatly down the middle of the shoe. It can instead be run at an angle, as demonstrated in the photo below.
Shoelace Lengths for Loop Back Lacing
|8 pairs||137 cm||54 in||–1.8 cm||–0.7 in|
|7 pairs||126 cm||50 in||–1.6 cm||–0.6 in|
|6 pairs||115 cm||45 in||–1.3 cm||–0.5 in|
|5 pairs||104 cm||41 in||–1.0 cm||–0.4 in|
|4 pairs||93 cm||37 in||–0.8 cm||–0.3 in|
|3 pairs||82 cm||32 in||–0.5 cm||–0.2 in|
|2 pairs||71 cm||28 in||–0.3 cm||–0.1 in|
• Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively shortens the ends.
More details about length comparisons.
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