Lug Lacing Methods
Many shoes, sneakers and boots come with lugs instead of eyelets. This section presents a number of variations of regular Lacing Methods that are suitable for shoes with lugs.
22 Different Ways to Lace Shoes With Lugs
A lug version of Criss Cross Lacing. This is the “standard” method of lacing shoes and boots that come with lugs instead of eyelets. The laces simply criss-cross as they work their way up the shoe.
A lug version of Straight Bar Lacing. The separate ends take turns running in a full “circuit” through alternate rows of lugs, resulting in horizontal “bars” at both the tops and bottoms of those lugs.
A lug version of Hiking / Biking Lacing, which keeps the knots & ends to the side, away from either snagging undergrowth or from bicycle chains & cranks.
A lug version of either Shoe Shop Lacing or Lightning Lacing. While this does look interesting, it shifts the sides of the shoe out of alignment, though this may be useful to correct an otherwise ill-fitting shoe.
Specifically for shoes with lugs, this lacing resembles a series of infinity “∞” symbols. This lacing works best with thinner shoelaces because each lug needs to accommodate two passes of shoelace.
A lug version of Double Back Lacing. Although terribly awkward to tighten, this method looks interesting, holds very firmly, and can also be used if you're desperate to shorten long lace ends.
A lug version of either Bow Tie, Army or Gap Lacing, so named because the outline resembles the shape of a bow-tie. This method makes the most efficient use of shoelace and thus is useful for “lengthening” short lace ends.
A lug version of Hash Lacing. When used on modern boots and sneakers with a wide gap between the sides, the result resembles a diagonal series of hash “#” symbols.
A lug version of Lattice Lacing. This very popular method forms a decorative lattice in the middle of the lacing. The laces are crossed at a steep angle, allowing them to be woven through each other.
A lug version of Zipper Lacing. This method “locks” the laces at each eyelet pair. Great for lacing skates tightly because the lower sections hold while tightening. It also looks interesting – a bit like a giant zipper.
A lug version of Segmented Lacing. Also referred to as “Zoned Lacing”, this method divides the lacing into two or more segments, each of which can be laced up as tightly or loosely as necessary to achieve a comfortable yet secure fit for difficult shoes or feet.
A lug version of Loop Back Lacing. Each side loops back on itself down the middle, rather like when two springs become intertwined. However, those loop-backs tend to shift off-centre.
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.
A lug version of Hexagram Lacing. This purely decorative lacing forms a hexagram, or six pointed star, which has been used for centuries in various cultures and religions, most notably as the Jewish “Star of David”.
A lug version of Starburst Lacing. With all vertical segments hidden inside the lugs and all diagonal segments on the outside crossing at the middle of the shoe, the result looks like a “starburst”.
A lug version of Supernova Lacing. Like two “starbursts” on top of each other – one on the outside, the other on the inside. Needs the maximum length of shoelace and is useful for “shortening” long laces.
A lug version of Lock Lacing. Not a lacing method as much as a technique for creating a super-tight finish. It's often recommended to help reduce heel slippage in running or climbing shoes.