• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, the ends are given one complete twist in the middle of the shoe before continuing to the opposite sides.
• The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.
• Repeat until lacing is completed.
Keeps lacing tight
Harder to loosen
Twistie Lacing looks best on shoes with thick, round shoelaces – especially light colored laces on dark colored shoes. These accentuate the fact that the shoelaces are twisted together rather than simply crossing over each other.
Shoelace Lengths for Twistie Lacing
|8 pairs||139 cm||55 in||–2.6 cm||–1.0 in|
|7 pairs||127 cm||50 in||–2.2 cm||–0.9 in|
|6 pairs||116 cm||46 in||–1.8 cm||–0.7 in|
|5 pairs||105 cm||41 in||–1.5 cm||–0.6 in|
|4 pairs||94 cm||37 in||–1.1 cm||–0.4 in|
|3 pairs||82 cm||33 in||–0.7 cm||–0.3 in|
|2 pairs||71 cm||28 in||–0.4 cm||–0.2 in|
• 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.
Here in the UK the shop assistant normally laces them up for us. They ALWAYS go for the criss cross. Next time I get some shoes I'm going to ask them to do a twistie, and when they look at me puzzled I'll give them a swift kick to the jugular. I think as part of their training they should learn many different methods, they need to appreciate that lacing shoes isnt a chore, it's more of an art form! You with me!?
– Dave C., UK, Jan-2007
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