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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.
Method 1
(for EVEN numbers of lug pairs)
Lug Starburst Lacing diagram 1
Lacing Technique 1 (for EVEN numbers of lug pairs):
• Begin straight across the middle of the shoe (grey section) and down through the set of lugs just below the middle.
• 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.
• 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.
• Continue running diagonally upwards and downwards with progressively taller crossovers until lacing is completed.

Comparative Length:
See table below.
Method 2
(for ODD numbers of lug pairs)
Lug Starburst Lacing diagram 2
Lacing Technique 2 (for 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.

Comparative Length:
See table below.
Features:
Decorative look
Top opens wide
Loose fit
Notes:
This lacing method, like most decorative methods, is more difficult to tighten. However, 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.

Comparative Length Table
Most lacing methods require a length of shoelace in almost direct proportion to the number of lugs. Starburst Lacing has an exponential requirement. In other words, every additional pair of lugs requires an even greater additional length of shoelace. This table shows comparative lengths (Starburst versus Criss Cross) for various numbers of lug pairs.
More details
3 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 113%

Laced area uses more (about +13%)
Longer laces needed (about +4%)
Shortens lace ends (about −7%)
4 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 126%

Laced area uses more (about +26%)
Longer laces needed (about +11%)
Shortens lace ends (about −18%)
5 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 140%

Laced area uses more (about +40%)
Longer laces needed (about +19%)
Shortens lace ends (about −35%)
6 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 156%

Laced area uses more (about +56%)
Longer laces needed (about +29%)
Shortens lace ends (about −59%)
7 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 173%

Laced area uses more (about +73%)
Longer laces needed (about +40%)
Shortens lace ends (about −90%)
8 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 190%

Laced area uses more (about +90%)
Longer laces needed (about +53%)
Shortens lace ends (about −128%)
9 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 209%

Laced area uses more (about +109%)
Longer laces needed (about +67%)
Shortens lace ends (about −173%)
10 Pairs of Lugs
Comparative Length = 227%

Laced area uses more (about +127%)
Longer laces needed (about +81%)
Shortens lace ends (about −225%)


Lug Starburst Lacing Gallery
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Black Timberland boots with red Lug Starburst Lacing (from Mat I)
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Related Links
Starburst Lacing Starburst Lacing
Same lacing method for shoes with eyelets instead of lugs.
Lug Supernova Lacing Lug Supernova Lacing
Similar lacing method with double overlapping Starbursts.

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