Train Track Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Outer verticals and doubled-up inner horizontals look like train tracks and sleepers. Very tight lacing due to the doubled passes through eyelets.

Eight pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• 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.

• Both end run straight across on the inside and out through the (already occupied) eyelets on the opposite side.

• Repeat running straight up on the outside and straight across on the inside until lacing is completed.


Neat look

Holds very tight

Harder to tighten

“Shortens” ends


• This lacing works best with thinner or flat shoelaces 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.

Train Track Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Train Track Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs142 cm56 in–4.5 cm–1.8 in
7 pairs129 cm51 in–3.1 cm–1.2 in
6 pairs116 cm46 in–1.8 cm–0.7 in
5 pairs103 cm41 in–0.4 cm–0.2 in
ends by
4 pairs90 cm35 in+1.0 cm+0.4 in
3 pairs76 cm30 in+2.3 cm+0.9 in
2 pairs = (N/A)

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

• Generally, longer shoelaces are needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing – unless the shoes have few eyelets.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively shortens the ends – though it may lengthen the ends if the shoes have few eyelets.

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor Feedback

Thank you for giving me an option for shortening my laces and have a nice day.

– Chris S., Jul-2018

I also like ladder/ train track lacing as it keeps the shoe tight.

– Otis M., QLD Australia, Oct-2013

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

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

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

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