Winter Solstice Lacing

Lacing (pic)

Laces take the shortest path through all the eyelets and with hardly any segments visible – reminiscent of the sun's path in mid-winter.

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 the sides, alternately feeding in or out through eyelets until the top of the shoe.


Festive use

Quick on/off

Very loose fit

“Lengthens” ends


• This is not really intended as a useful lacing method – rather, it's a novelty lacing that's meant to be just a bit of fun during Winter Solstice festivities.

• This lacing uses minimal length of shoelace, which will result in much longer loops and loose ends. Besides changing to shorter shoelaces, another solution is to tuck the loops and ends under the bottom horizontal – as shown in the second photo below.

Winter Solstice Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Winter Solstice Lacing

Pairs of
length needed
ends by
8 pairs82 cm32 in+25.5 cm+10.0 in
7 pairs79 cm31 in+21.9 cm+8.6 in
6 pairs76 cm30 in+18.2 cm+7.2 in
5 pairs73 cm29 in+14.6 cm+5.7 in
4 pairs70 cm27 in+10.9 cm+4.3 in
3 pairs66 cm26 in+7.3 cm+2.9 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

MUCH longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

• If the original shoelaces are re-used, this method effectively shortens the ends substantially.

The significant length difference is because this method has almost no horizontal segments, resulting in a lot of leftover length that would otherwise have been consumed running back and forth across the shoe.

More details about length comparisons.

Visitor Feedback

Thanks so much for the nice reply w/ helpful suggestions.

I checked those lacing diagrams out and while they are indeed solid options, however realized more the need to have the top 2-3 eyelets fully clear so I can pull the gusseted tongue out enough to get my foot in/out (narrow opening).

What ended up working out interestingly, is a combo: criss-cross (bottom 4-7 eyelets) + winter solstice (top 1-3 eyelets) + heel lock (between eyelets 2-3) = no need to undue laces at top like I had to do before plus negates the need to get speed/lace hooks installed.

You were spot-on about just doing the winter solstice only, as it did bulge and didn’t feel very secure. Adding the heel lock technique is fast and feels good if not better than a normal knot at the very top (gives more support).

- Alan M., Oregon, USA, Feb-2020

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