Spider Web Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Spider Web Lacing. Another decorative lacing method used on military boots, which is like Lug Ladder Lacing running at an angle, creating a woven web of shoelace.

Diagram for 5 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across (grey section) and down through the second set of lugs from the bottom.

• The ends continue straight down through the bottom set of lugs.

• Cross the ends, running diagonally across and up the shoe, skipping one set of lugs before feeding into the top of the next vacant set of lugs.

• Feed the ends down through the lugs, then continue down and across the front of the next lower set of lugs.

• Loop the ends under the vertical sections of lace where they emerge at the bottom of those lugs.

• Repeat crossing diagonally up the shoe, vertically down the shoe, and looping under the vertical sections, until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Firm & tight

Harder to tighten

23% shorter ends (approx.)

Lug Spider Web Lacing Gallery

Navy blue Nike running shoes with silver trim and white Lug Spider Web Lacing (from Matt C) White Skechers sneakers with brown trim and white Lug Spider Web Lacing (from Cricket S) Tan Cherokee sneakers with black trim and patterned tan & black combination of Lug Spider Web Lacing and Lug Ladder Lacing (from Brian S) Tan Danner military boots with tan Spider Web Lacing (from Trevor B) Black Baffin boots with yellow trim and black & yellow Lug Spider Web Lacing (from Dallas W). Making use of the lug at bottom-center eliminates the usual horizontal starting segment.

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Spider Web Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) 80 cm
32 inch
99 cm
39 inch
117 cm
46 inch
135 cm
53 inch
153 cm
60 inch
172 cm
68 inch
Lengths available: 36" 40" 45" 54" 63" 72"

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.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−23% on average).

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