Starburst Lacing (lug version)

Lug Lacing (pic)

A lug version of Starburst Lacing. All of the visible shoelace segments cross diagonally at the middle of the shoe, forming a massive “starburst”.

Four pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique – for even numbers of lug pairs

• Begin straight across (grey section) and down through the set of lugs just below the middle of the shoe.

• Cross the ends diagonally upwards, running under the middle section, then feed up through the next vacant set of lugs above the middle of the shoe.

• Cross the ends diagonally downwards, running under the middle section, then feed down through the next vacant set of lugs below the middle of the shoe.

• Continue running diagonally upwards and downwards with progressively taller crossovers until lacing is completed.


• Variation 1 is for shoes with even numbers of lug pairs.

• Variation 2 is for shoes with odd numbers of lug pairs.


Decorative look

Top opens wide

Loose fit

“Shortens” ends


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 Starburst Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs200 cm79 in–27.7 cm–10.9 in
7 pairs171 cm67 in–19.2 cm–7.6 in
6 pairs145 cm57 in–12.4 cm–4.9 in
5 pairs123 cm49 in–7.2 cm–2.8 in
4 pairs104 cm41 in–3.5 cm–1.4 in
3 pairs88 cm35 in–1.3 cm–0.5 in
2 pairs74 cm29 in–0.2 cm–0.1 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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