Quick Release Ladder Lacing

Quick Release Ladder Lacing

To speed up the removal of tall boots with many eyelets, this lacing only needs a couple of simple steps to release the top row, then the rest of the lacing loosens instantly.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, stage 1
Pairs
8
8
7
7
6
6
5
5
Step
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
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Lacing Technique – 8 Pairs, Stage 1: Lacing

See also Stage 2: Tightening

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• The left (blue) end runs straight up on the inside, then straight across on the outside.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside, each skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up.

• Both ends continue straight across on the outside and in through the adjacent eyelets.

• Alternate running up on the inside and across on the outside until all but the top two rows have been laced. Those rows will only be used during the Stage 2: Tightening instructions.

Features

Comfortable

Very fast to loosen

Slower to tighten

27% longer ends (approx.)

Notes

This method was named “Quick Release Ladder Lacing” for two reasons: Firstly because of the resemblance to regular Ladder Lacing and secondly because of the similarity between the “quick release” action and the way a “ladder” forms in a damaged stocking.

Sports / Military Advice

Quick Release Ladder Lacing has an additional benefit for sporting or military use: The quick-release feature allows a boot to be more easily removed from a broken, sprained or otherwise injured ankle or foot.

Note that most military forces have regulations for just about everything, so I'd recommend that military personnel check before they adopt this – or any other – possible non-regulation lacing method!

Quick Release Ladder Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Quick Release Ladder Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) 70 cm
27 inch
73 cm
29 inch
92 cm
36 inch
96 cm
38 inch
115 cm
45 inch
118 cm
47 inch
Lengths available: (N/A) 27" 27" 36" 36" 45" 45"

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.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+27% on average).

More details.

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