Double Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

A lug version of Double Lacing. One color shoelace runs through the odd eyelet pairs, another color runs through the even eyelet pairs. Finishes with four lace ends, which can then be tied creatively.

Four pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

• Start with two different colored shoelaces, each shorter than the original laces from that shoe.

• Feed one shoelace (purple in my example) straight across the bottom and up through both bottom lugs.

• Cross the ends and feed up through the third set of lugs (skip past one set of lugs).

• Continue crossing over and going up two sets of lugs at a time until you reach either the top or second from top set of lugs.

• Take the other shoelace (orange in my example) and, starting from the second set of lugs from the bottom, work upwards through the remaining lugs until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Creative options

Needs new laces

“Lengthens” ends


If your shoes have an odd number of pairs of lugs (eg. 5 pairs = 10 lugs), one shoelace will pass through more lugs than the other. The two shoelaces will therefore need to be different lengths. To determine the exact lengths needed, use my Shoelace Length Calculator.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Double Lacing

Shoelace 1 – Odd Eyelet Rows
Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs101 cm40 in+21.7 cm+8.5 in
7 pairs101 cm40 in+15.8 cm+6.2 in
6 pairs88 cm35 in+16.4 cm+6.5 in
5 pairs88 cm35 in+10.5 cm+4.1 in
4 pairs75 cm29 in+11.2 cm+4.4 in
3 pairs75 cm29 in+5.3 cm+2.1 in
2 pairs62 cm24 in+5.9 cm+2.3 in
Shoelace 2 – Even Eyelet Rows
Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs101 cm40 in+21.7 cm+8.5 in
7 pairs88 cm35 in+22.3 cm+8.8 in
6 pairs88 cm35 in+16.4 cm+6.5 in
5 pairs75 cm29 in+17.1 cm+6.7 in
4 pairs75 cm29 in+11.2 cm+4.4 in
3 pairs62 cm24 in+11.8 cm+4.6 in
2 pairs62 cm24 in+5.9 cm+2.3 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

MUCH shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

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

The significant length difference is due to the single shoelace in Lug Criss Cross Lacing running through all of the lugs, whereas each color shoelace in Lug Double Lacing runs through only half as many lugs, resulting in a lot of leftover length.

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