Starburst Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Starburst Lacing. With all vertical segments hidden inside the lugs and all diagonal segments on the outside crossing at the middle of the shoe, the result looks like a Starburst.

Diagram for 5 pairs of lugs

Lacing Technique - ODD numbers of lug pairs

• Begin straight across just below the middle of the shoe (grey section) and up through the middle set of lugs.

• Cross the ends diagonally downwards, running under the middle section, then feed down through the next vacant set of lugs below the middle of the shoe.

• Cross the ends diagonally upwards, running under the middle section, then feed up through the next vacant set of lugs above the middle of the shoe.

• Continue running diagonally downwards and upwards with progressively taller crossovers until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Top opens wide

Loose fit

41% shorter ends (approx.)


This lacing method, like most decorative methods, is more difficult to tighten. Luckily, this method has the advantage that the top is like a V-neck tee-shirt. Once the knot is untied, the top of the shoe can be opened wide to easily slip the foot in or out without needing to loosen or re-tighten all of the lacing.

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

Lug Starburst Lacing Gallery

Black Timberland boots with red Lug Starburst Lacing (from Mat I) White sneakers with white combination of Lug Lattice Lacing and Lug Starburst Lacing (from Corey)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Starburst Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 74 cm
29 inch
88 cm
35 inch
104 cm
41 inch
123 cm
48 inch
143 cm
56 inch
167 cm
66 inch
194 cm
76 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 63" 72"

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 (−41% on average).

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