Over Under Lacing
Alternates between outer and inner crossovers, which reduces friction, making it easier to tighten and loosen plus reducing wear and tear.
• For even numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.
• For odd numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, alternate between crossing over (on the outside) and in through the next higher set of eyelets or crossing under (on the inside) and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.
Faster & easier
Less wear & tear
By alternating crossovers on the outside and on the inside, there are a couple of benefits:
• The laces don't rub across the edges of the shoes, which reduces wear and tear on both the shoes and the shoelaces.
• Because of the reduced friction, you don't really need to pull every single crossover when tightening. Instead, you only need to pull the outer crossovers, which is both faster (there's half as many) and easier (they're fully exposed, making it easier to get your fingers underneath).
Shoelace Lengths for Over Under Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||71 cm
Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
I was looking at the Over Under Lacing method and it is the exact method that I was taught in Basic Military Training in the US Air Force.
Maybe this could fit in the military category.
– Ryan M., USA, Oct-2019
I have been working as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 8 years now, and I have always used tactical boots with zippers on the
sides, and never had much issue or need to deviate from standard lacing.
I tried a few different methods, which helped some, but still left me tying and untying both the starting knot and the finishing knot (which is no easy feat in a dark room in the middle of the night), and then I found it, the “Ukrainian method” and immediately my problem was solved! With a few modifications, it has become absolutely perfect for my needs (not to mention it looks 1000% better than the ugly zippers). I have the aglet's both tied in separate overhand knots inside the eyelets of the top of the boot. The next loop down I have the Ukrainian captive starting knot (which makes ALL the difference for the rapid donning.) Going downward I have an “Over Under lacing pattern” which aids significantly in the rapid tightening and loosening, (The X marks the spot to pull!). And then if all those aren't amazing enough, then comes the “Ian Knot”, which is the cherry on top, the icing on the cake, and the grand finale all rolled into one amazing lightning fast move! Now all my needs (more like strong wants) are met. I no longer worry about the laces coming out of the eyes or dragging on the ground when loose. I no longer worry about quickly tightening. I no longer worry about rapid tying or untying. All of it is solved.
– David D., Michigan, USA, Sep-2017
I just thought I'd share this with you. I thought of a simple mnemonic to help remember your rule about starting the bottom lacing UNDER if the number of eyelets is odd when tying the Over-Under Lacing. It is simply:
“eVen oVer, oDd unDer”
I got the idea from the standard caver/geologist's mnemonic “stalaCtite Ceiling, stalaGmite Ground”.
– Larry A., Aug-2006
All my life I used the “Shoe Shop Lacing” and always thought that was the only way to lace shoes.
I decided to go for the “Over Under” lacing now and the result is much better. I think this is because of the more symetric way of lacing.
– Jacob v.F., The Hague, The Netherlands, Sep-2004
funnily enough i have also come to the conclusion that the over and under lacing method is best - quickest to tension and loosen, and also provides an even tension accross the shoe, but that is the extent of my pursuit
– Ian P., New Zealand, Mar-2004
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