Knotted Segment Lacing (lug version)

Lug Knotted Segment Lacing

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

5% shorter ends (approx.)


• 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.

Shoelace Lengths for Lug Knotted Segment Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 77 cm
30 inch
89 cm
35 inch
101 cm
40 inch
113 cm
44 inch
125 cm
49 inch
137 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 (−5% on average).

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