Knotted Lacing (lug version)

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

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs

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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 overhand 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.


Keeps lacing tight

Assists tightening

Harder to loosen

2% shorter ends (approx.)


With each stage of this lacing given a single overhand 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.

Lug Knotted Lacing Gallery

Brown Dansko shoes with black trim and black Lug Knotted Lacing (from Emily B) Charcoal grey & grey Merrell Moabs with grey combination of Lug Knotted Lacing and Lock Lacing (from Rinku K) Brown LL Bean K.I.W. logger boots with yellow & brown combination of Train Track Lacing and Lug Knotted Lacing (from Rick S)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Knotted Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 74 cm
29 inch
87 cm
34 inch
99 cm
39 inch
112 cm
44 inch
124 cm
49 inch
136 cm
54 inch
149 cm
59 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54" 63"

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.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−2% on average).

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