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Knotted Segment Lacing

A more attractive though less flexible variation of Segmented Lacing in which a knot makes the lower segment of shoelace permanently tighter or looser. Also referred to as "Permanent Zoned Lacing".

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique:

• Begin with a lace that's slightly longer than the original lace.

• Use standard Criss Cross Lacing to about the middle of the shoe.

• To permanently set the tightness of the lower segment, tie a Reef Knot at this point, ie:

- Left end over Right end & through;
- Right end over Left end & through.

• Continue the Criss Cross lacing to the top of the shoe. This upper segment is then the only part that is tightened and loosened, with the tension set independently of the lower segment.

Many uses
Harder to get off
5% shorter ends (approx.)

1. Instead of "Criss Cross Lacing" as shown on this page, other lacing methods can be used.

2. Instead of dividing the segments equally, the segments may be different sizes.

Knotted Segment Lacing Gallery
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White Alife sneakers with cyan Knotted Segment Lacing
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Shoelace Lengths for Knotted Segment Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 73 cm
29 inch
84 cm
33 inch
94 cm
37 inch
105 cm
41 inch
115 cm
45 inch
126 cm
49 inch
136 cm
54 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54"
Comparative Length:
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−5% 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.

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Lug Knotted Segment Lacing Lug Knotted Segment Lacing

Same lacing method for shoes with lugs instead of eyelets.

Segmented Lacing Segmented Lacing

Two shoelaces forming separate segments, which avoids the problems of the permanent knot.

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