Train Track Lacing
Like Army Lacing with the inside segments running straight across, the result looks like train tracks, and holds very tight because of the doubled laces through eyelets.
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• Both ends run straight up on the outside and in through the next higher eyelets, then continue straight across on the inside and out through the (already occupied) eyelets on the opposite side. Repeat until lacing is completed.
Holds very tight
Harder to tighten
2% shorter ends (approx.)
• This lacing works best with thinner or flat laces because most of the eyelets have to accommodate two passes of shoelace.
• When feeding a second pass of shoelace through an eyelet, take care that the aglet (shoelace tip) doesn't catch on the shoelace fibers and cause any damage.
• This lacing is also useful for skateboarders. With other lacing methods, some lace segments run across the edges of the shoe uppers, where the high points are quickly chewed through by the grip-tape on skateboards. Train Track Lacing eliminates those high points, so the laces don't suffer as much wear and tear.
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PUMA Alexander McQueens with Train Track Lacing.
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Shoelace Lengths for Train Track Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||63 cm
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−2% on average).
Train Track Lacing Feedback
"I relaced my flying boots using the Train Track Lacing (see attached picture). Looks very neat! The shoelace is held in position nicely flat and very close to the boot, so it can not get caught anywhere when getting in and out of the cockpit. That's an important flight safety issue."
– Lars B., Hamburg, Germany, Jan-2009
"Anyways, as you can see I used the black laces in the Train Track method on the DC's. It's been squishing/crumpling the flappy side parts of the shoes a bit, but I'm definitely keeping it."
– Jeff A., USA, Aug-2012
"On my Herman survivor work boots I used the train track lacing. It really made the stiff new leather easier on my feet."
– John A., Apr-2013
"I also like ladder/ train track lacing as it keeps the shoe tight."
– Otis M., QLD Australia, Oct-2013
"Thank you for giving me an option for shortening my laces and have a nice day."
– Chris S., Jul-2018
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