Comparative Shoelace Lengths

Comparative Shoelace Lengths

Comparing each lacing method to basic Criss Cross Lacing makes it easier to know whether a shorter or longer shoelace is needed for a particular lacing method. On shoes with laces that are too long or too short, changing the lacing method can "shorten" or "lengthen" the loose ends without needing to change the shoelaces.

Comparative Lengths Example 1

Let's compare three different lacing methods, each done on a sneaker with a typical horizontal spacing of 50mm (5cm). For comparison, the following diagram has the shoelaces colored at 1cm intervals.

Comparative lengths diagram 1

In this example, Lattice Lacing requires shoelaces that are slightly shorter than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing, whereas Ladder Lacing requires shoelaces that are quite a bit longer.

Criss Cross Lacing (center)

Eyelet section = 73cm
Knot, loops & ends = 35cm
Total length = 108cm

Lattice Lacing (left)

Eyelet section = 69cm  (6% shorter than Criss Cross)
Knot, loops & ends = 35cm  (same as Criss Cross)
Total length = 104cm  (4% shorter than Criss Cross)

Ladder Lacing (right)

Eyelet section = 85cm  (16% longer than Criss Cross)
Knot, loops & ends = 35cm  (same as Criss Cross)
Total length = 120cm  (11% longer than Criss Cross)

Comparative Lengths Example 2

Let's compare the same three lacing methods, this time laced with the identical length shoelace (116cm long). This shows what happens if the lacing method is changed while the existing shoelaces are re-used.

Comparative lengths diagram 2

In this example, Lattice Lacing results in loose ends that are slightly longer than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing, whereas Ladder Lacing results in loose ends that are quite a bit shorter.

Criss Cross Lacing (center)

Eyelet section = 73cm
Knot & loops = 21cm
2 × Loose ends = 11cm each
Total length = 116cm

Lattice Lacing (left)

Eyelet section = 69cm  (6% shorter than Criss Cross)
Knot & loops = 21cm  (same as Criss Cross)
2 × Loose ends = 13cm each  (18% longer than Criss Cross)
Total length = 116cm  (same shoelaces)

Ladder Lacing (right)

Eyelet section = 85cm  (16% longer than Criss Cross)
Knot & loops = 21cm  (same as Criss Cross)
2 × Loose ends = 5cm each  (55% shorter than Criss Cross)
Total length = 116cm  (same shoelaces)

Comparative Length Approximations

The web page for each shoe lacing method includes a "Comparative Length" section, in which the total shoelace length is noted as being either shorter, longer or the same length as that for basic "Criss Cross Lacing". It also includes an approximation of how much longer or shorter the loose ends will be if the existing shoelaces are re-used.

Those approximations are based on lacing a shoe with a horizontal eyelet spacing of 50mm and a vertical eyelet spacing of 16mm and calculating an average of the lengths needed for shoes with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 pairs of eyelets.

The resulting approximations should only be considered as a simple guide. For more exact comparisons based on your exact shoe dimensions, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

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