Hiking / Biking Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

A lug version of Hiking / Biking Lacing, which keeps the knots & ends to the side, away from either snagging undergrowth or from bicycle chains & cranks.

Four pairs of lugs
Pairs
5
4
3
Flip
Step
6
5
4
3
2
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Lacing Technique

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

• The laces criss-cross their way up the shoe as per Lug Criss Cross Lacing until they reach the second set of lugs from the top of the shoe.

• The right (blue) end runs straight up through both the second-from-top lug and top lug on the right side.

• The right (blue) end then runs straight across the top of the shoe and feeds down through the top left lug.

• The shoelace knot can then be tied between the top lug and second-from-top lug on the left side of the shoe.

Features

Reduces snagging

Messy look

Less snug at top

“Lengthens” ends

Usage Notes

This method is asymmetrical – in particular the fact that the knots are tied at the side. The intent is that the left and right shoes are laced in reverse (flipped horizontally), which positions the knots either towards the inside (between the ankles) or towards the outside. This creates a balanced pair that is then both visually and functionally symmetrical.

Using This Lacing for Hiking / Bushwalking

Lacing for Hiking / Bushwalking Lacing for Hiking / Bushwalking

Lace the left shoe with the regular instructions and the right shoe with the instructions flipped horizontally. This will result in a pair of shoes with both knots positioned towards the inside (between the ankles), which keeps the loops and loose ends further away from rocks, branches and undergrowth on narrow trails.

Using This Lacing for Biking / Cycling:

Lacing for Biking / Cycling Lacing for Biking / Cycling

Lace the right shoe with the regular instructions and the left shoe with the instructions flipped horizontally. This will result in a pair of shoes with both knots positioned towards the outside, which keeps the loops and loose ends further away from the bicycle chain, cranks and other moving parts.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Hiking / Biking Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
8 pairs136 cm54 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
7 pairs124 cm49 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
6 pairs112 cm44 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
5 pairs101 cm40 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
4 pairs89 cm35 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
3 pairs77 cm30 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
2 pairs65 cm26 in+4.1 cm+1.6 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

• Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

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

More details about length comparisons.

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