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Loop Back Lacing

Each side loops back on itself down the middle, rather like when two springs become intertwined. However, those loop-backs tend to shift off-centre.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique:

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

• At each eyelet pair, the ends are given a half twist in the middle of the shoe before looping back and returning to the outside.

• The ends are fed under the sides and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• Repeat until lacing is completed.

Decorative look
Laces wear more
Centreline shifts
4% shorter ends (approx.)

• Loop Back lacing looks best on shoes with thick, round shoelaces, especially light colored laces on dark colored shoes. These accentuate the fact that the laces loop back on themselves rather than simply crossing over each other.

• When combined with Half & Half Lacing, the result is a different color on each side of the shoe. Note that the division doesn't have to run neatly down the middle of the shoe. It can instead be run at an angle, as demonstrated in the 7th photo below.

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Grey Alifes with Loop Back Lacing
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Shoelace Lengths for Loop Back Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 inch
82 cm
32 inch
93 cm
37 inch
104 cm
41 inch
115 cm
45 inch
126 cm
50 inch
137 cm
54 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" | 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" | 54" 54"
Comparative Length:
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−4% 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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Related Links
Lug Loop Back Lacing Lug Loop Back Lacing

Same lacing method for shoes with lugs instead of eyelets.

Twistie Lacing Twistie Lacing

Similar method with the laces given a full twist instead of a half twist.

Woven Lacing Woven Lacing

Laces looped around each other top to bottom instead of left to right.

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