Quick Tight Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Straight lacing split into sections for quick and even tightening. One loose end tightens the top section, the other end tightens the bottom.

Eight pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

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

• The left (blue) end runs diagonally across on the inside and out through the middle right eyelet, then continues straight across on the outside and in through the middle left eyelet. (On shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs, use the eyelets just above the middle of the shoe.)

• The left (blue) end then zig-zags through the remaining higher eyelets, again running diagonally on the inside and straight across on the outside, until it emerges through the top right eyelet.

• The right (yellow) end similarly zig-zags through the lower eyelets to the middle right of the shoe, mirroring the left (blue) end.

• After reaching the middle of the shoe, the right (yellow) end runs diagonally across on the inside and out through the top left eyelet.


Quick tightening

Even tightening

Messy look

“Shortens” ends


• This method is non-symmetrical. Lacing the left and right shoes in reverse (flipped horizontally) results in a symmetrical looking pair.

• Both the top section and the bottom section of Quick Tight Lacing are laced exactly like Shoe Shop Lacing, with one loose end from each section emerging at the top of the shoe. Pulling both loose ends simultaneously will tighten the two sections at the same time, resulting in quick, even tightening.

• Note that average shoes and boots with six to eight eyelet pairs are probably the practical limit. Don't expect to tighten knee-high boots with a single pull!

Quick Tight Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Quick Tight Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs138 cm54 in–2.1 cm–0.8 in
7 pairs126 cm50 in–1.7 cm–0.7 in
6 pairs115 cm45 in–1.2 cm–0.5 in
5 pairs104 cm41 in–0.8 cm–0.3 in
4 pairs92 cm36 in–0.4 cm–0.2 in
3 pairs81 cm32 in–0.2 cm–0.1 in
2 pairs70 cm28 in

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 Criss Cross Lacing.

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

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor Feedback

I have been using quick tight on my Solovair boots for a while. One suggestion I would like to add is that it's useful to mark the center of the laces with a permanent marker, as they can shift with this particular method.

– Greg Y., San Francisco, USA, Apr-2022

quick tight worked surprisingly well for my 10 eyelet pair boots. Pulling the ends didn't tighten them completely, but it was much easier to tighten and loosen than any other straight bar lacing.

– Jacob, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Oct-2020

Thanks for the great site and tips therein. I visited with the intention of giving my newest boots a proper lace up and spent WAY longer combing through the site than I’d expected. I’m so happy with my choice, the quick tight, and satisfied with the ease (and fun) of executing it that I decided to contribute a photo.

- Pablo, Oregon, USA, Oct-2019

Now my boots feature your Quick Tight Lacing as well. Not necessarily designed for lugs but it seems to work: what I like is the ability to tighten each section separately and in combination with the holding power of the surgeon's knot I reckon that I have a pretty good combo.

– Helen T., Jun-2016

I have been using (and modifying) quick tight lacing. Thank you for this method. I use forearm crutches and wear 8" hiking boots so taking footwear on and off first means looking for somewhere stable to sit ;^}

My modification. Quick tight lacing by its nature causes major lace displacement so that every few days the boots need relacing, a granny-knot or, other that you fancy before inserting the lace through the first eyelet pair solves this nicely.

- Sacha, May-2016

I need a simple method but also one that allows quick tightening and quick fit. I have a dodgy back and taking ten minutes to put on my boots four times a day can take it’s toll.

I am currently using Quick Tight Lacing which suits me fantastically. Thank you!

- Tony C., UK, Apr-2016

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