Supernova Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Supernova Lacing. Like two “Starbursts” on top of each other, one on the outside, the other on the inside. Needs the maximum length of shoelace and is useful for “shortening” long laces.

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique – EVEN numbers of lug pairs

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

• Cross the ends diagonally upwards, then feed down through the next vacant set of lugs above the middle of the shoe.

• Cross the ends diagonally downwards, then feed up 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.


Decorative look

Top opens wide

Loose fit

41% shorter ends (approx.)


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

Lug Supernova Lacing Gallery

Black Vans Malones with cyan Lug Supernova Lacing (from Christopher V.P.) Brown boots with red Lug Supernova Lacing (from Anthony B)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Supernova Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 74 cm
29 inch
88 cm
35 inch
104 cm
41 inch
123 cm
48 inch
143 cm
56 inch
167 cm
66 inch
194 cm
76 inch
Lengths available: 27" 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 (−41% on average).

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