This distinctive lacing is worn on military boots by paratroopers and ceremonial guard units. The laces weave horizontally and vertically, forming a secure "ladder".
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• The ends are run straight up the sides and in through the next higher set of eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, the ends run straight across, feeding under the vertical lace sections on the opposite side before continuing straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.
• At the top, the ends can optionally be fed under the vertical sections once again before being tied (see variation 2).
1 For normal use, the ends are tied at the top as usual.
2 For a consistent look plus additional tightening, the ends can once again be fed under the vertical sections on the opposite sides before tying at the middle.
Stays very tight
Harder to tighten
2% shorter ends (approx.)
• This lacing looks particularly effective on high boots with many eyelets, especially when contrasting laces are used.
• Although this lacing is slightly harder to tighten, this can actually assist in getting the lacing really tight because the lower sections hold more firmly while progressing up the shoe. This makes it a great lacing to use on hiking boots, ice skates, etc.
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Shoelace Lengths for Ladder Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||63 cm
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−2% on average).
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