Shoe Shop Lacing (lug version)

Lug Shoe Shop Lacing (icon)

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.

Four pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

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

• Run the left (blue) end diagonally all the way to the top of the shoe and up through the top right lug.

• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and left, feeding up through the next higher lug on the left side.

• The same (yellow) end runs diagonally down and right, feeding up through the adjacent lug on the right side.

• Continue running across and back, feeding up through each lug, until lacing is completed.


Unusual look

Mis-aligns sides

Modifies fit

“Shortens” ends


• This method is asymmetrical. Lacing the left and right shoes in reverse (flipped horizontally) creates a symmetrical looking pair.

Shoe lacing photo

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Shoe Shop Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs152 cm60 in–3.9 cm–1.5 in
7 pairs138 cm55 in–3.0 cm–1.2 in
6 pairs125 cm49 in–2.3 cm–0.9 in
5 pairs112 cm44 in–1.5 cm–0.6 in
4 pairs99 cm39 in–0.8 cm–0.3 in
3 pairs86 cm34 in–0.3 cm–0.1 in
2 pairs73 cm29 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.

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