Straight Bar Lacing (lug version)

Lug Straight Bar Lacing

A lug version of Straight Bar Lacing. The separate ends take turns running in a full “circuit” through alternate rows of lugs, resulting in horizontal “bars” at both the tops and bottoms of those lugs.

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs, variation 1

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Lacing Technique 1 – single pass across top and bottom

• Begin straight across the bottom (grey section) and up through both bottom lugs.

• The left (blue) end runs straight up through the next higher lug, then straight across and down through the adjacent lug on the right-hand side.

• The same (blue) end then runs back across and up through the (already occupied) lug on the left-hand side. This completes a “circuit” through that row of lugs.

• The right (yellow) end runs straight up the right side, passing through the already occupied lug before running in a similar “circuit” through the next higher vacant row of lugs.

• Continue up the shoe, alternately running the left (blue) or right (yellow) end straight up the side and then around in a “circuit” through vacant rows until lacing is completed.


1 The regular technique has a single pass at both the top and bottom rows.

2 For a more consistent look or to consume some excess length, an additional “circuit” can be added at the top and/or bottom row(s).



Distinctive look

Harder to tighten


• On shoes with an odd number of rows of lugs (eg. 5 rows = 10 lugs), the left (blue) end will travel through more rows than the right (yellow) end. To re-balance this, begin by adjusting the left end to be quite a bit longer than the right end.

• This lacing works best with thinner or flat laces because most of the lugs have to accommodate two passes of shoelace.

• When feeding a second pass of shoelace through a lug, take care that the aglet (shoelace tip) doesn't catch on the shoelace fibers and cause any damage.

Shoelace Lengths for Lug Straight Bar Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 65 cm
26 inch
80 cm
32 inch
96 cm
38 inch
111 cm
44 inch
126 cm
50 inch
141 cm
56 inch
156 cm
62 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 54" 63"

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

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−4% on average).

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