Bow Tie Lacing (lug version)

Lug Bow Tie Lacing

A lug version of either Bow Tie, Army or Gap Lacing, so named because the outline resembles the shape of a bow-tie. This method makes the most efficient use of shoelace and thus is useful for “lengthening” short lace ends.

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

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

• Cross the ends and feed up through the next higher set of lugs.

• Continue straight up through the next higher set of lugs, introducing a “gap”.

• Alternate crossing the ends or running straight up until lacing is completed.


Comfort “zones”

Loose fit

19% longer ends (approx.)


• Alternate crossovers and gaps for the most efficient use of shoelace length while still retaining security.

• The “gaps” do not have to be positioned exactly as in these diagrams but can instead be strategically placed to coincide with tight areas of your shoes, thus giving those parts of your feet more “breathing room”.

Shoelace Lengths for Lug Bow Tie Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 74 cm
29 inch
77 cm
30 inch
89 cm
35 inch
93 cm
36 inch
105 cm
41 inch
108 cm
42 inch
120 cm
47 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 36" 36" 40" 40" 45"

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 Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+19% on average).

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Visitor Feedback

Lug Bow Tie Lacing. That just made a pair of shoes I never really liked, comfortable! No more “pressure” coming from the top of the shoe where laces are. Finally a uniform fit! They feel great now! I always tied my shoes the usual typical way we are taught or the way it's done in stores being the Criss Cross Lacing, that I always redid to make them symetrical because the stores never do. Removing the Criss Crossing where the lugs are totally changed the feel.

I just could not believe the instant difference!! and lace end lenghtened just as described too.

– Yvan R., QC, Canada, Aug-2011

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