Knotted Segment Lacing (lug version)

Lug Knotted Segment Lacing (icon)

A lug version of Knotted Segment Lacing. A more attractive though less flexible variation of Lug Segmented Lacing in which a knot makes the lower segment of shoelace permanently tighter or looser.

Four pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

• Begin with a shoelace that's slightly longer than the original lace.

• Use standard Lug Criss Cross Lacing to about the middle of the shoe.

• Tighten this “lower” segment as tightly or loosely as you prefer. For example, tighten more if you have narrow feet, less if you have wide feet.

• To permanently set the tightness, tie a Reef Knot at this point, ie:

- Left end over Right end & through;
- Right end over Left end & through.

• Continue the “Lug Criss Cross lacing” to the top of the shoe. This “upper” segment is then the only part that is tightened and loosened, with the tension set independently of the “lower” segment.



Many uses

Harder to get off

“Shortens” ends


• This page shows Lug Criss Cross Lacing, knotted near the middle. You may instead use a different lacing method and/or a different knot position.

• The Reef Knots that separate the upper and lower segments can be replaced with different knots as preferred.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Knotted Segment Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs147 cm58 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
7 pairs135 cm53 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
6 pairs123 cm49 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
5 pairs111 cm44 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
4 pairs100 cm39 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
3 pairs88 cm35 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
2 pairs76 cm30 in–1.3 cm–0.5 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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