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
EVEN numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom
ODD numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom
• 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.
Faster & easier
Less wear & tear
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
• 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.
Shoelace Lengths for Over Under Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: