Spider Web Lacing

Like an angled version of Ladder Lacing, this decorative method is also worn on military boots. The laces weave vertically and diagonally, forming an intricate "web".

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the second-from-bottom set of eyelets.

• The ends run straight down the sides and in through the bottom set of eyelets.

• The ends cross over and run diagonally up and out through the next vacant set of eyelets.

• At each eyelet pair, the ends run straight down and feed under the vertical lace sections below before crossing over and continuing diagonally up and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Firm & tight

Harder to tighten

11% shorter ends (approx.)


• This lacing looks particularly effective on high boots with many eyelets, especially when contrasting laces are used.

• Tall boots with a very wide spacing between the sides display the maximum area of woven shoelace "spider web".

Spider Web Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Spider Web Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) 75 cm
30 inch
90 cm
36 inch
105 cm
41 inch
120 cm
47 inch
135 cm
53 inch
150 cm
59 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 63"

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.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−11% on average).

More details.

Spider Web Lacing Feedback

"I think the "spider" lace is super hot. I used it in the military. It's a bitch to do, but worth the time and effort."

– Big Booted Bob, USA, Feb-2008

"BTW, here is an example of spiderweb lacing as worn by the Strategic Air Command's Air Police (they also wore ladderlaced boots). The laces are actually white parachute cord. The trousers are bloused around the top of the boot.

– Keith W., Utah, USA, Mar-2008

"I constantly get compliments on the lacing of the boots, and I dont know why, but my boots quit bending over when im not wearing them. Both of which are very, very good."

– Joey T., Texas, USA, Aug-2008

"... personally i think that flat laces are only good for lattice and checkerboard and round laces are perfect for spiderweb ..."

– Don M., New Jersey, USA, Sep-2008

"I just used a combination of Spiderweb Lacing and the Secure Knot to take up about a foot of extra lace length on a new pair of sneakers. The bow itself used to drag on the ground before I redid the laces but now everything is well off the ground (plus my shoes look pretty cool)."

– Helen M., Feb-2010

"I used the spiderweb on my skater shoes and they feel better. Tried spiderweb on my boots but it didn't look good once I tightened them."

– Josh C., Pennsylvania, USA, Feb-2014

"I love the spider web lacing technique. I also used the supernova as well but it didn't look as good with round laces. I love your site!"

– Abby H., Oct-2017

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