Segmented Lacing (lug version)

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.

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

• Begin with two shoelaces, each about half the length of the original shoelaces.

• The first shoelace is run straight across the bottom (grey section) and is laced with basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing to about the middle of the shoe.

• Starting from the next higher set of lugs, the second shoelace is similarly laced to the top of the shoe.

• Each “segment” is then tightened to suit your preference and knotted separately.



Many uses

Messy look

59% longer ends (approx.)


This page shows two segments, divided fairly equally, each laced with “Lug Criss Cross Lacing”. You may instead use different sized segments, different lacing methods, even different colored shoelaces on each segment (creating a bi-color lacing).

Lug Segmented Lacing Gallery

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Segmented Lacing

Pairs of lugs used by segment: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed for that segment: 74 cm
29 inch
86 cm
34 inch
98 cm
39 inch
110 cm
43 inch
122 cm
48 inch
134 cm
53 inch
147 cm
58 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54" 54"

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

Shorter shoelaces needed for each segment than for the whole shoe.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+59% on average).

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