Shoe Lacing Comparison

Lacing Comparison

I've presented a number of different Shoe Lacing Methods on this website. This page compares them feature by feature to help you choose.

Functional Considerations

This section suggests various different shoe lacing methods to suit various different functional considerations.

Comfortable

Criss Cross LacingCriss Cross
Display Shoe LacingDisplay Shoe
Army LacingArmy
Hiking/Biking LacingHiking/Biking

Adjustable comfort zones

Gap LacingGap
Segmented LacingSegmented
Knotted Segmented LacingKnotted Seg.
Bow Tie LacingBow Tie

Reduce pain on upper ridge of foot

Straight Bar LacingStraight Bar
Straight Easy LacingStraight Easy
Gap LacingGap

Mis-aligns sides; May adjust ill-fitting shoe

Sawtooth LacingSawtooth
Lightning LacingLightning
Shoe Shop LacingShoe Shop
One Handed LacingOne Handed

More ankle flexibility

Army LacingArmy
Hiking/Biking LacingHiking/Biking
Train Track LacingTrain Track

Less ankle flexibility (firmer)

Spider Web LacingSpider Web
Ladder LacingLadder

Stronger binding (harder to loosen); Less tension on knot

Train Track LacingTrain Track
Spider Web LacingSpider Web
Double Back LacingDouble Back
Zipper LacingZipper
Knotted LacingKnotted
Twistie LacingTwistie

Assists tightening (eg. for skates)

Knotted LacingKnotted
Zipper LacingZipper
Train Track LacingTrain Track

Extra tightening; Help prevent heel slippage

Lock LacingLock
Gippo LacingGippo
Corset LacingCorset

More wear and tear from friction

Ladder LacingLadder
Spider Web LacingSpider Web
Loop Back LacingLoop Back
Zig Zag LacingZig Zag

Less wear and tear from friction

Double Helix LacingDouble Helix
Over Under LacingOver Under
Army LacingArmy
Bow Tie LacingBow Tie

Quicker to thread (eg. new shoes)

Straight Easy LacingStraight Easy
Shoe Shop LacingShoe Shop
Lightning LacingLightning

Quicker/easier to tighten

Double Helix LacingDouble Helix
Quick Tight LacingQuick Tight
Gippo LacingGippo
Over Under LacingOver Under

Quicker to loosen (eg. triathlon T1)

Display Shoe LacingDisplay Shoe

Quicker to cut off (eg. after an accident/injury)

Straight Bar LacingStraight Bar
Straight Easy LacingStraight Easy
Shoe Shop LacingShoe Shop

Shoe easily opens wide (less loosening needed)

Starburst LacingStarburst
Supernova LacingSupernova
Lattice LacingLattice

"Shorten" lace ends significantly

Gippo LacingGippo
Corset LacingCorset
Woven LacingWoven
Supernova LacingSupernova
Ladder LacingLadder
Spider Web LacingSpider Web

"Lengthen" lace ends significantly

Army LacingArmy
Bow Tie LacingBow Tie
Straight Bar LacingStraight Bar
Straight Easy LacingStraight Easy
Hiking/Biking LacingHiking/Biking
Hidden Knot LacingHidden Knot
Footbag LacingFootbag
Roman LacingRoman
Asterisk LacingAsterisk

Dress shoes (eg. Oxfords, Balmorals) whose sides meet in the middle

Straight European LacingStraight Euro.
Straight Bar LacingStraight Bar
Straight Easy LacingStraight Easy
Shoe Shop LacingShoe Shop
Quick Tight LacingQuick Tight
Sawtooth LacingSawtooth
Over Under LacingOver Under
Roman LacingRoman
Bow Tie LacingBow Tie
C.I.A. LacingC.I.A.

Permanently knotted (slip / force on or off)

Checkerboard LacingCheckerboard
Woven LacingWoven

No knot

One Handed LacingOne Handed

Riding boots that tighten & knot at middle

Riding Boot LacingRiding Boot

Optimized for Footbag Freestyle

Footbag LacingFootbag

Covert signalling, hidden messages

C.I.A. LacingC.I.A.

Same Paths, Different Outcomes

This section presents various shoe lacing methods that follow the same path from eyelet to eyelet, with subtle differences such as the direction (in/out) through any eyelet, the knot position or the shoelace colors, creating quite different outcomes in appearance and/or functionality.

Criss Cross path

Criss Cross LacingCriss Cross
Over Under LacingOver Under
Display Shoe LacingDisplay Shoe
Left Right LacingLeft Right
Double Helix LacingDouble Helix
Half & Half LacingHalf & Half
Double Sided LacingDouble Sided

Straight Bar path

Straight Bar LacingStraight Bar
Hiking/Biking LacingHiking/Biking
Hidden Knot LacingHidden Knot
Half & Half / Straight Bar LacingH&H Straight

Shoe Shop path

Shoe Shop LacingShoe Shop
Riding Boot LacingRiding Boot

Bow Tie path

Bow Tie LacingBow Tie
Army LacingArmy

Number of Eyelet Pairs

In this section, the number of eyelet pairs that work best for each shoe lacing method are colored green (light), whereas those colored red (dark) are either not suitable or may require a workaround.

Lacing Method Pairs of Eyelets
Angled Checker 6 11 16
Army 345678910111213141516
Asterisk 345678910111213141516
Bow Tie 345678910111213141516
Checkerboard 345678910111213141516
C.I.A. 345678910111213141516
Corset 2345678910111213141516
Criss Cross 2345678910111213141516
Display Shoe 2345678910111213141516
Double 45678910111213141516
Double Back 45678910111213141516
Double Cross 45678910111213141516
Double Helix 2345678910111213141516
Double Sided 2345678910111213141516
Footbag 5678910111213141516
Gap 2345678910111213141516
Gippo 345678910111213141516
H&H / Criss Cross 2345678910111213141516
H&H / Straight Bar 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Hash 45678910111213141516
Hexagram 6 11 16
Hidden Knot 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Hiking / Biking 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Knotted 2345678910111213141516
Knotted Segment 45678910111213141516
Ladder 2345678910111213141516
Lattice 678910111213141516
Left Right 2345678910111213141516
Lightning 2345678910111213141516
Loop Back 2345678910111213141516
Lock 345678910111213141516
Lug Infinity 2345678910111213141516
One Handed 2345678910111213141516
Over Under 2345678910111213141516
Pentagram 45678910111213141516
Quick Tight 345678910111213141516
Riding Boot 345678910111213141516
Roman 345678910111213141516
Sawtooth 345678910111213141516
Segmented 45678910111213141516
Shoe Shop 345678910111213141516
Spider Web 345678910111213141516
Starburst 345678910111213141516
Straight European 345678910111213141516
Straight Bar 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Straight Easy 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Supernova 345678910111213141516
Train Track 2345678910111213141516
Twistie 2345678910111213141516
Woven 2345678910111213141516
Zig Zag 2345678910111213141516
Zipper 2345678910111213141516

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