Bow Tie Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of either Bow Tie Lacing or Gap Lacing. So named because the outline resembles the shape of a bow-tie, this method makes the most efficient use of shoelace and thus is useful for "lengthening" short lace ends.

Lug Bow Tie Lacing diagram

Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across the bottom (grey section) and up through both bottom lugs.

• Cross the ends and feed up through the next higher set of lugs.

• Continue straight up through the next higher set of lugs, introducing a "gap".

• Alternate crossing the ends or running straight up until lacing is completed.


Comfort "zones"

Loose fit

19% longer ends (approx.)


• Alternate crossovers and gaps for the most efficient use of shoelace length while still retaining security.

• Instead of placing gaps at even intervals (as in the diagram above), the gaps could be strategically placed to coincide with tight areas of your shoes, thus giving those parts of your feet more "breathing room".

For more info and animated instructions, see the eyelet version of either Bow Tie Lacing or Gap Lacing.

Lug Bow Tie Lacing Gallery

Tan & black sneakers with brown & white trim and white Lug Bow Tie Lacing (from Daniel Q) White New Balance running shoes with black trim and white Lug Bow Tie Lacing (from Yvan R) Brown Ariat Terrains with black trim and brown combination of Army Lacing and Lug Bow Tie Lacing (from Matthew S)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Bow Tie Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 74 cm
29 inch
77 cm
30 inch
89 cm
35 inch
93 cm
36 inch
105 cm
41 inch
108 cm
42 inch
120 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 Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

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

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