Over Under Lacing

This method reduces friction, making the lacing easier to tighten and loosen plus reducing wear and tear. The laces alternate between crossing Over and Under.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
Step
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
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Lacing Technique

• For even numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• For odd numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• At each eyelet pair, alternate between crossing over (on the outside) and in through the next higher set of eyelets or crossing under (on the inside) and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.

Features

Ian's favourite!

Decorative look

Faster & easier

Less wear & tear

Notes

By alternating crossovers on the outside and on the inside, there are a couple of benefits:

• The laces don't rub across the edges of the shoes, which reduces wear and tear on both the shoes and the shoelaces.

• Because of the reduced friction, you don't really need to pull every single crossover when tightening. Instead, you can pull every second crossover, which is both faster and easier because those that run across on the outside are easier to get your fingers underneath.

Over Under Lacing Video

Shoelace Lengths for Over Under Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 71 cm
28 in.
81 cm
32 in.
92 cm
36 in.
102 cm
40 in.
113 cm
44 in.
123 cm
48 in.
134 cm
53 in.
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 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

Identical length shoelaces to those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

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