Starburst Lacing

Lacing (pic)

All of the visible shoelace segments cross diagonally at the middle of the shoe, forming a massive “starburst”

Eight pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
3
Flip
Step
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0

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Lacing Technique – for 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, etc. pairs of eyelets

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the middle eyelets. (For shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs, begin on the row just below the middle).

• Both ends run straight down on the inside and out through the next lower set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends diagonally upwards, running under the middle section, then feed in through the next vacant set of eyelets up the shoe.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends diagonally downwards, running under the middle section, then feed in through the next vacant set of eyelets down the shoe.

• Continue running vertically on the inside and diagonally on the outside with progressively taller crossovers until lacing is completed.

Variations

• Variation 1 begins with the ends running straight down from the middle, and is for shoes with 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, etc. pairs of eyelets.

• Variation 2 begins with the ends running straight up from the middle, and is for shoes with 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, etc. pairs of eyelets.

Features

Decorative look

Top opens wide

Loose fit

“Lengthens” ends

Notes

This lacing method, like most decorative methods, is more difficult to tighten. Luckily, it does have the advantage that the top is like a V-neck garment. Once the knot is untied, the top of the shoe can be opened fairly wide to more easily slip the foot in or out – without needing to loosen or re-tighten all of the lacing.

Shoelace Lengths for Starburst Lacing

Pairs of
eyelets
Approximate
length needed
“Lengthens”
ends by
8 pairs123 cm48 in+5.5 cm+2.2 in
7 pairs119 cm47 in+1.8 cm+0.7 in
6 pairs98 cm39 in+7.4 cm+2.9 in
5 pairs95 cm37 in+3.7 cm+1.5 in
4 pairs78 cm31 in+6.6 cm+2.6 in
3 pairs75 cm30 in+3.0 cm+1.2 in
2 pairs63 cm25 in+3.6 cm+1.4 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

• 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

The starburst has been working great for quick on off but on a wider shoe there's too much wiggle until I tighten to the point it defeats the wide opening purpose of starburst.

– Sam K., Jan-2018

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