Twistie Lacing

Twistie Lacing

Similar to Loop Back Lacing with full twists instead of half twists, forming vertical half knots similar to the horizontal ones in Knotted Lacing.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• 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.


Decorative look

Keeps lacing tight

Harder to loosen

6% shorter ends (approx.)


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

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 inch
83 cm
33 inch
94 cm
37 inch
105 cm
41 inch
116 cm
46 inch
127 cm
50 inch
139 cm
55 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 54" 54"

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 (−6% on average).

More details.

Visitor Feedback

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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