Knotted Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

A lug version of Knotted Lacing. Adding a half knot at each crossover increases friction and keeps the lacing much firmer. Ideal for tightening ice skates, rollerblades, etc.

Four pairs of lugs
Pairs
5
4
3
2
Flip
Step
6
5
4
3
2
1
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Lacing Technique

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

• At each set of lugs, the ends are tied with a simple half knot in the middle of the shoe.

• The ends then continue across to the opposite sides, where they run up through the next higher set of lugs.

• Repeat until lacing is completed.

Features

Keeps lacing tight

Assists tightening

Harder to loosen

“Shortens” ends

Notes

With each stage of this lacing given a single half knot, the result is a very firm lacing. This is of most benefit during tightening, as the lower sections are less inclined to loosen in the process, making it ideal for tightening ice skates, rollerblades, etc.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Knotted Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Shortens”
ends by
8 pairs146 cm58 in–1.1 cm–0.4 in
7 pairs134 cm53 in–0.9 cm–0.4 in
6 pairs122 cm48 in–0.8 cm–0.3 in
5 pairs110 cm43 in–0.6 cm–0.2 in
4 pairs98 cm39 in–0.5 cm–0.2 in
3 pairs86 cm34 in–0.3 cm–0.1 in
2 pairs74 cm29 in–0.2 cm–0.1 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

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

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

More details about length comparisons.

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