Ian Fieggen (aka 'Professor Shoelace') Ian's Shoelace Site Ian's Shoelace Knot
Ian's Shoelace Site - Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces
Double Cross Lacing

This lacing is created by running three steps forward (on the inside), one step back (on the outside). The result is short, wide crosses overlapping tall, narrow crosses.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1

To activate controls, please enable JavaScript
Lacing Technique:

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• Cross the ends on the inside and emerge through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets).

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the next lower set of eyelets.

• Continue three steps up, one step back until lacing is completed.

Decorative look
Harder to tighten
12% longer ends (approx.)

1 The standard method skips the second-from-top and second-from-bottom eyelets, which results in underlying crosses of a consistent height and angle.

2 The top and bottom crossovers can be "squashed" by skipping past only one pair of eyelets. This will result in a look that is less consistent but more dense, which will also use more shoelace. Note that on shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs, one end of the lacing (either the top or the bottom) will need to be squashed.

3 The overlapping crossovers can be interwoven, producing a really interesting look. Note that because of the weave, the laces follow the opposite path through the eyelets: The inner crossovers weave to the outside, then in through the eyelets, while the outer crossovers weave to the inside, then out through the eyelets.


Although the interwoven variation looks great, it is terribly difficult to tighten or loosen. It's best used on low shoes or sneakers, which can be removed without loosening and thus disturbing the interwoven sections.

Double Cross Lacing Gallery
Lacing photo
Puma First Round x Santa Cruzs with Double Cross Lacing
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Lacing photo
Hover over any photo to view details
For enlargements, please enable JavaScript
Contribute a photo (via e-mail)

Shoelace Lengths for Double Cross Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 4 5 6 (a) 6 (b) 7 8 (a) 8 (b)
Length needed: 94 cm
37 inch
96 cm
38 inch
98 cm
39 inch
119 cm
47 inch
121 cm
48 inch
123 cm
48 inch
143 cm
56 inch
Lengths available: 36" 36" | 40" 40" 45" 45" 45" 54"
Comparative Length:
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+12% on average).
• These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker.
• For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Rate This Lacing Method

• Select rating, then click button to submit.
• Or, view results without rating this method.

Please only vote once - multiple votes are removed daily

Related Links
Hash Lacing Hash Lacing

Similar layout of large crosses minus the small overlapping crosses.

Over Under Lacing Over Under Lacing

Similar appearance with slightly shorter underlying crosses.

Double Cross Lacing on Create-a-Lace Create-a-Lace

View and customize Double Cross Lacing using Create-a-Lace.

Sponsored Links

Also for iPhone