Corset Lacing

Traditional lacing for corsets, in which the laces can be gripped and pulled very tightly via the middle loops. Useful for lacing boots extra tight or just for a different look.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the top eyelets. (See also Notes below.)

• At each eyelet pair, alternate between crossing under (on the inside) and out through the next lower set of eyelets or crossing over (on the outside) and in through the next lower set of eyelets until the ends emerge from the eyelets just above the middle of the shoe.

• The ends are run straight down on the outside to the next lower set of eyelets, leaving a long loop of slack shoelace at each side. These loops will be used to pull the lacing tight and tie the knot, so leave about 250mm (10").

• For the lower part of the shoe, once again alternate between crossing under (on the inside) or over (on the outside) until the ends reach the bottom of the shoe.

• Tie the ends together using a Reef Knot or other permanent knot.


Extra tightening

Unusual look

Messy knot

110% shorter ends (approx.)


• Depending on the number of eyelet pairs (eg. 6 or 7 pairs), you may need to start with the top (grey section) on the inside in order for the lace ends to emerge through the middle eyelets.

• When tying the knot, each loop is held closed as though it is a double-thickness end of a single shoelace. The completed bow will have two single-loops and two double-loops. The single-loops perform the same function as the loose ends of a regular shoelace knot, and it is those single-loops that are pulled to untie the knot.

• This lacing usually requires longer replacement shoelaces because the doubled loops require more length than would be available using the original shoelaces.

Shoelace Lengths for Corset Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 126 cm
49 inch
136 cm
54 inch
147 cm
58 inch
157 cm
62 inch
168 cm
66 inch
178 cm
70 inch
189 cm
74 inch
Lengths available: 45" 54" 54" 63" 63" 72" 72"

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

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−110% on average).

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