Lock Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Lock Lacing. Not a lacing method as much as a technique for creating a super-tight finish. It's often recommended for lacing running shoes to help prevent heel slippage, particularly when running downhill. It's also used by rock climbers to prevent any movement or twisting of the shoe under the stresses of climbing as well as by speed skaters to give maximum ankle support.

Lug Lock Lacing diagram

Lacing Technique

• Lace the shoe normally until the lace ends emerge through the second set of lugs from the top.

• The ends run straight up through the top lugs.

• The ends are crossed, then each end is fed under the vertical section on the other side.

• The ends are returned to the middle for tying, pulling the vertical sections inwards.

Features

Tightens firmly

Reduces slippage

Harder to loosen

4% shorter ends (approx.)

Notes

• Lock Lacing is also used by rock climbers to prevent any movement or twisting of the shoe under the stresses of climbing as well as by speed skaters to give maximum ankle support.

• Although Lug Criss Cross Lacing is shown in these examples, and is probably the most common method used, the shoe can be laced with almost any lacing method. In fact, as pointed out by Kyle B. in U.S.A., Lug Ladder Lacing naturally finishes with the ends passing under similar vertical sections.

Lock Lacing Theory

Many shoe stores recommend Lock Lacing techniques to help prevent slippage, and many people swear by them. In fact, many sports shoes have twin eyelets at the top to suit Lock Lacing. So what's behind the "magic"?

The answer is simple leverage. While pulling the lacing tight, the upper straight sections get pulled into a triangular shape, acting like "pulleys" to provide even greater tightening.

When shopping for shoes, don't be too impressed by a savvy shoe salesperson using Lock Lacing to get a slightly better fit from an unsuitable pair of shoes! If you've found some shoes that meet all of your other needs with the exception of a bit of heel slippage, then Lock Lacing could be the ideal solution. However, if you suffer from a fair bit of heel slippage, Lock Lacing will only help so much, and it could be wiser to seek some better fitting shoes.

For more info and animated instructions, see the eyelet version of Lock Lacing.

Lug Lock Lacing Gallery

Dark grey Keen sneakers with light grey & pink trim and light grey & pink Lug Lock Lacing (from Emily B)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Lock Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 76 cm
30 inch
88 cm
35 inch
100 cm
39 inch
112 cm
44 inch
124 cm
49 inch
136 cm
54 inch
148 cm
58 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 45" 54" 54"

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

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−4% on average).

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