Lattice Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

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.

Four pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

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

• Cross the ends and feed up through the lugs two rows higher up the shoe (skip past one row).

• Cross the ends and feed up through the next lower lugs.

• Cross the ends and feed up through the lugs two rows higher up the shoe (skip past one row). This completes one lattice.

• If any rows remain empty above the lattice, cross the ends and feed up through the next higher set of lugs. Repeat until lacing is completed.


Very popular!

Decorative look

Tricky to tighten

“Shortens” ends


• It's easier to do the weaving and get all the “Overs” and “Unders” correct if you firstly lace one end all the way to the top of the shoe. For example, complete the left (blue) end, then weave the right (yellow) end in and out.

• Shoes with many pairs of lugs can be laced with multiple lattices – each of which fills another three pairs of lugs – with the remaining lugs above and/or below laced with simple crossovers:

  • 4 thru 6 pairs = One lattice;
  • 7 thru 9 pairs = Two lattices;
  • 10 thru 12 pairs = Three lattices; etc.

This lacing method, like most decorative methods, is more difficult to tighten. Luckily, it does have the advantage that the top is like a V-neck garment. Once the knot is untied, the top of the shoe can be opened fairly wide to more easily slip the foot in or out – without needing to loosen or re-tighten all of the lacing.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Lattice Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
10 pairs179 cm70 in–5.4 cm–2.1 in
9 pairs163 cm64 in–3.6 cm–1.4 in
8 pairs151 cm60 in–3.6 cm–1.4 in
7 pairs140 cm55 in–3.6 cm–1.4 in
6 pairs124 cm49 in–1.8 cm–0.7 in
5 pairs112 cm44 in–1.8 cm–0.7 in
4 pairs101 cm40 in–1.8 cm–0.7 in
3, 2 pairs = (N/A)

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.

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