At each eyelet, hook under the prior crossover to “lock” the laces, which helps when lacing tightly. 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
One of the biggest difficulties when tightening shoes is that of keeping the lower sections tight while working on the upper sections. With Zipper Lacing, each row is given a pair of simple “knots” – one at each eyelet. The knots effectively “lock” that row's tension while the next row is tightened. 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
|8 pairs||137 cm||54 in||–1.5 cm||–0.6 in|
|7 pairs||126 cm||50 in||–1.3 cm||–0.5 in|
|6 pairs||115 cm||45 in||–1.1 cm||–0.4 in|
|5 pairs||104 cm||41 in||–0.9 cm||–0.4 in|
|4 pairs||93 cm||37 in||–0.7 cm||–0.3 in|
|3 pairs||82 cm||32 in||–0.4 cm||–0.2 in|
|2 pairs||71 cm||28 in||–0.2 cm||–0.1 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.
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