Hexagram Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

A lug version of Hexagram Lacing. This purely decorative lacing forms a hexagram, or six pointed star, which has been used for centuries in various cultures and religions – most notably as the Jewish “Star of David”.

Five pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

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

• Adjust so that the right (yellow) end is quite a bit longer than the left (blue) end.

• The left (blue) end runs diagonally up and to the right and feeds down through the middle right lug (skip past 1 lug).

• The same end (blue) then runs diagonally up and to the left and feeds up through the top left lug (skip past 1 lug).

• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and to the left and feeds down through the middle left lug (skip past 1 lug).

• Run the left (yellow) end in a complete loop: Straight across and up through the adjacent lug on the right side, then back across and down through the adjacent lug on the left side.

• Finally, run the left (yellow) end diagonally up and to the right, feeding up through the top right lug (skip past 1 lug).


Decorative look

Loose fit

Tricky to tighten

“Lengthens” ends


• Shoes with 9, 13, 17 etc. pairs of lugs can be laced with multiple Hexagrams, one above the other.

• If the crossovers of the laces are carefully woven as shown, there will be a couple of benefits. Firstly, it accurately depicts the rotational symmetry of the traditional “Star of David”. Secondly, each point of the Hexagram has the same number of overpasses and underpasses, which helps to maintain the shape more securely.

• This lacing works best with thinner or flat shoelaces because several 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.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Hexagram Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
13 pairs180 cm71 in–6.1 cm–2.4 in
9 pairs140 cm55 in–9.9 cm–3.9 in
5 pairs101 cm40 in–13.8 cm–5.4 in
12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 6, 4, 3, 2 pairs = (N/A)

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.

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

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