Progressive Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Crossovers running at progressively steeper angles towards the toes. Feels progressively tighter towards the ankles, plus it looks decorative.

Eight pairs of eyelets, variation 1
Pairs
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Lacing Technique – 8 pairs, Variation 1 – High horizontal section

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the third pair of eyelets from the top.

• Cross the ends and feed in through the third pair of eyelets from the bottom (skip past two pairs of eyelets).

• Both ends run straight down on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets (skip past one pair of eyelets).

• Cross the ends and feed under the sides and out through the fourth pair of eyelets from the top (skip past three pairs of eyelets).

• Cross the ends and feed under the sides and out through the second pair of eyelets from the top (skip past one pair of eyelets).

• Cross the ends and feed under the sides and out through the top eyelets.

Variations

• Variation 1 (for 8 pairs of eyelets) begins with a horizontal section near the top.

• Variation 2 (for 8 pairs of eyelets) begins with a horizontal section near the bottom – plus it needs slightly longer shoelaces.

Features

Progressive tension

Decorative

Tricky to tighten

“Lengthens” ends

Notes

The lower shoelace segments (near the forefoot) run at steeper angles. Tension in those segments is thus directed along the shoe rather than across the shoe. This – combined with the empty eyelets in the lower section – reduces inward tension and may help those with a wide forefoot.

Shoelace Lengths for Progressive Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
8 pairs
v1 (high)
119 cm47 in+7.3 cm+2.9 in
8 pairs
v2 (low)
128 cm51 in+2.5 cm+1.0 in
7 pairs110 cm43 in+6.5 cm+2.6 in
6 pairs99 cm39 in+6.5 cm+2.6 in
5 pairs93 cm37 in+4.6 cm+1.8 in
4 pairs82 cm32 in+4.6 cm+1.8 in
3, 2 pairs = (N/A)

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

• Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively lengthens the ends.

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor Feedback

Progressive Lacing seems to be fulfilling its promise of being snug at the ankle and accommodating at the toes. In fact, with this lacing I usually can't pull my shoes off without untying the knot, and that's not been the case with other patterns. My toes don't get jammed into the front of the shoe as I walk, and the adaptation for six rows of eyelets isn't hard to tighten at all.

- D.T., USA, May-2016

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