Crossovers running at progressively steeper angles towards the toes. Feels progressively tighter towards the ankles, plus it looks decorative.
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 pairsof 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.
• 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.
Tricky to tighten
24% longer ends (approx.)
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:||3||4||5||6||7||8 (a)||8 (b)|
|Length needed:||(N/A)||82 cm
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+24% on average).
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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