Criss Cross Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Criss Cross Lacing. This is the “standard” method of lacing shoes and boots that come with lugs instead of eyelets. The laces simply criss-cross as they work their way up the shoe.

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.

• At each pair of lugs, cross the ends and feed up through the next higher set of lugs. Repeat until lacing is completed.


Traditional look

Simple to lace




This method is the lug equivalent of seven different eyelet lacing methods:

All of these eyelet lacing methods are slight variations of each other due to the different directions the shoelaces run through the eyelets between the inside and outside of the shoe. With lugs, there is no “inside” or “outside”. As a result, Lug Criss Cross Lacing is effectively a simplified version of any or all of those seven different lacing methods.

Lug Criss Cross Lacing Gallery

Black boots with black combination of Ladder Lacing and Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Martin N) Green Alpina boots with brown & white trim and green & brown Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Trim K) Tan Danner combat boots with tan combination of Ladder Lacing and Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Daniel B) Black Bates boots with black combination of Lug Criss Cross Lacing and Train Track Lacing (from Dan P) Black Arbesko work boots with grey trim and black combination of Lug Infinity Lacing and Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Daniel D) Brown Allen Edmonds Bayfield Captoe brogue boots with brown combination of Hash Lacing and Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Mike S) Black Adidas sneakers with fluoro yellow trim and fluoro yellow combination of Lug Criss Cross Lacing and Lock Lacing (from Andrei R) Brown Red Wing Iron Rangers with brown combination of Straight European Lacing and Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Matt H)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Criss Cross Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 74 cm
29 inch
86 cm
34 inch
98 cm
39 inch
110 cm
43 inch
122 cm
48 inch
134 cm
53 inch
147 cm
58 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54" 54"

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

The length of shoelace required for Lug Criss Cross Lacing is the “baseline” length against which all other lug lacing methods are compared.

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