Lightning Lacing

So named because the angled sections look a bit like a lightning bolt, plus it is lightning fast to lace. The laces run diagonally on the outside and vertically on the inside.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
3
Step
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
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Lacing Technique -

- for even numbers of eyelet pairs

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom set of eyelets.

• The left (blue) end runs diagonally all the way to the top of the shoe and in through the top right eyelet.

• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and across on the outside and in through the next higher eyelet, then straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• The left (yellow) end runs diagonally down and across on the outside and in through the next lower eyelet, then straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• Repeat running alternately up and across or down and across until lacing is completed.

Features

Unusual look

Lightning fast

End lengths shift

19% longer ends (approx.)

Notes

The left and right shoes can be laced in reverse (mirror image) to end up with a symmetrical look.

Shoelace Lengths for Lightning Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 inch
75 cm
29 inch
86 cm
34 inch
91 cm
36 inch
102 cm
40 inch
107 cm
42 inch
119 cm
47 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 36" 36" 40" 40" 45"

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

Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+19% on average).

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