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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. This allows you to more easily determine how the shoelace length will be affected if you change to a different lacing method.

For example, rather than having to measure your shoe, then enter those measurements into my Shoelace Length Calculator, you can instead tell that a lacing method needs longer laces, or that if you keep the same laces, it will reduce the lengths of the loose ends.

You can also more easily compare lacing methods with each other. For example, one method may use 5% more length, while another may use 10% more.



Comparative Length Example 1

Take a shoe with six pairs of eyelets and with the eyelet spacings measured from the size that these diagrams appear on my screen (Horizontal: 35 mm, Vertical: 12 mm). Assuming the "standard" 250 mm length of loose ends, compare the resulting shoelace lengths.

Criss Cross Lacing
Criss Cross Lacing diagram
Exact calculated lengths:
Criss-Cross-Laced area = 588 mm
Each loose end = 250 mm (x 2)
Total shoelace length = 1088 mm
Spider Web Lacing
Spider Web Lacing diagram
Exact calculated lengths:
Spider-Web-Laced area = 723 mm
Each loose end = 250 mm (x 2)
Total shoelace length = 1223 mm

Compared to the "Criss-Cross-Laced" area on the left, the "Spider-Web-Laced" area on the right uses about 23% more length on the same shoe. However, because no extra length is needed for the loose ends, only about 12% longer laces are needed overall.

On the other hand, if you didn't want to replace the shoelaces but instead wanted to keep the existing laces, the extra length would have to come from the loose ends. This would effectively "shorten" each end by about 27%, as seen below:

Laces with Criss-Cross Lacing:
Total shoelace length = 1088 mm
Criss-Cross-Laced area = 588 mm
Each loose end = 250 mm (x 2)
Same laces with Spider Web Lacing:
Total shoelace length = 1088 mm
Spider-Web-Laced area = 723 mm
Each loose end = 182.5 mm (x 2)


Comparative Length Example 2

In the above example, the second lacing method uses more shoelace and thus effectively "shortens" the ends. In this example, the second lacing method uses less shoelace and thus effectively "lengthens" the ends.

Criss Cross Lacing
Criss Cross Lacing diagram
Exact calculated lengths:
Criss-Cross-Laced area = 588 mm
Each loose end = 250 mm (x 2)
Total shoelace length = 1088 mm
Army Lacing
Army Lacing diagram
Exact calculated lengths:
Army-Laced area = 388 mm
Each loose end = 250 mm (x 2)
Total shoelace length = 888 mm

In this example, the "Army-Laced" area uses about 34% less length than the "Criss-Cross-Laced" area on the same shoe. This results in about 18% shorter shoelaces needed overall.

On the other hand, keeping the existing shoelaces would effectively "lengthen" each end by about 40%, as seen below:

Laces with Criss-Cross Lacing:
Total shoelace length = 1088 mm
Criss-Cross-Laced area = 588 mm
Each loose end = 250 mm (x 2)
Same laces with Army Lacing:
Total shoelace length = 1088 mm
Army-Laced area = 388 mm
Each loose end = 350 mm (x 2)


Approximations

Note that although these comparative lengths are all based on exact calculations, those calculations are for shoes with the same measurements as the above diagrams. If your shoes have a wider or narrower spacing than those diagrams, or if they have a greater or lesser number of eyelets or lugs, your comparative lengths will differ.

The percentages should therefore be considered as a simple, approximate guide. For more exact comparisons, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.



Related Links
Accurate shoelace lengths Accurate Lengths

Determining accurate shoelace lengths from shoe measurements.

Shoe Lacing Methods Shoe Lacing Methods

Different lacing methods on which comparative lengths are based.


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