This method “locks” the laces at each eyelet pair. Great for lacing skates tightly because the lower sections hold while tightening. It also looks interesting – a bit like a giant zipper.
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• The ends are looped under the laces where they feed under the sides of the shoe.
• Cross the ends, feeding under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.
• Repeat the looping and crossing and feeding out through the next higher eyelets until lacing is completed.
Holds very firmly
Harder to tighten
3% shorter ends (approx.).
One of the biggest difficulties when tightening shoes is that of keeping the lower sections tight while working on the upper sections. Zipper Lacing is a bit like tying a half-knot at each eyelet, which holds quite firmly. This makes it a great lacing for skates, boots, climbing shoes, or any footwear where very firm support is needed.
Shoelace Lengths for Zipper Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||71 cm
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−3% on average).
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