Ladder Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

A lug version of Ladder Lacing. It also looks very similar to Lug Infinity ∞ Lacing, and is useful when the lugs are too narrow to fit two passes of shoelace.

Four pairs of lugs, variation 1
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Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – Regular finish

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

• The ends continue straight up through the next higher set of lugs up the shoe.

• Cross the ends, running diagonally across and down the shoe, then feed under the vertical lace sections on the opposite sides of the shoe before running straight up over the top of the lugs.

• Repeat running up through the next higher lugs, then crossing and feeding under the vertical sections on the opposite side, until lacing is completed.

Variations

• Variation 1 has the ends tied across the top as usual.

• Variation 2 finishes with “Lace Locks”, which looks consistent plus offers additional tightening. See the Lug Lock Lacing page for details.

Features

Distinctive look

Stays very tight

Harder to tighten

“Shortens” ends

Notes

This lacing can be made to look even more similar to Lug Infinity ∞ Lacing as follows: Instead of feeding under the vertical sections before running straight up in front of the lugs, try running over the vertical sections before running upwards behind the lugs. This hides those vertical segments that would otherwise run over the top of the lugs.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Ladder Lacing

Variation 1 – Normal knot at top
Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Shortens”
ends by
8 pairs157 cm62 in–6.5 cm–2.6 in
7 pairs142 cm56 in–4.7 cm–1.9 in
6 pairs127 cm50 in–3.0 cm–1.2 in
5 pairs111 cm44 in–1.2 cm–0.5 in
 “Lengthens”
ends by
4 pairs96 cm38 in+0.6 cm+0.2 in
3 pairs81 cm32 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
2 pairs65 cm26 in+4.1 cm+1.6 in
Variation 2 –“Lace Lock” at top
Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Shortens”
ends by
8 pairs167 cm66 in–11.6 cm–4.6 in
7 pairs152 cm60 in–9.8 cm–3.9 in
6 pairs137 cm54 in–8.0 cm–3.1 in
5 pairs121 cm48 in–6.3 cm–2.5 in
4 pairs106 cm42 in–4.5 cm–1.8 in
3 pairs91 cm36 in–2.7 cm–1.1 in
2 pairs75 cm30 in–1.0 cm–0.4 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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