Lug Infinity ∞ Lacing

Lug Lacing (pic)

Specifically for shoes with lugs, this lacing resembles a series of infinity “∞” symbols. Works best with thinner shoelaces because each lug needs to accommodate two passes of shoelace.

Four 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, running diagonally across and down the shoe, feeding back into the bottom of the adjacent lug on the opposite side. There will already be a lace running through that lug, so this will be a tight fit.

• Run the ends straight up through those lugs, then continue straight up and through the next higher set of lugs up the shoe.

• Repeat crossing the ends and feeding up through lugs until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Harder to tighten

No thick laces

“Shortens” ends


If the shoelaces are too thick to run twice through the lugs, an alternative is Lug Ladder Lacing, which looks very similar but runs the second pass of shoelace over the lugs instead of through them.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Infinity ∞ Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs181 cm71 in–18.2 cm–7.2 in
7 pairs165 cm65 in–16.5 cm–6.5 in
6 pairs150 cm59 in–14.7 cm–5.8 in
5 pairs135 cm53 in–12.9 cm–5.1 in
4 pairs119 cm47 in–11.2 cm–4.4 in
3 pairs104 cm41 in–9.4 cm–3.7 in
2 pairs89 cm35 in–7.6 cm–3.0 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 longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

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

The significant length difference is due to one additional crossover plus all of the double-passes through the lugs.

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