Progressive Lacing

With crossovers running at progressively steeper angles towards the toes, this lacing should feel progressively tighter towards the ankles, plus it looks decorative.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
Pairs
8
8
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6
5
4
Step
7
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Lacing Technique - 8 pairs, variation 1 (high horizontal section)

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the third pair of eyelets from the top.

• Cross the ends and feed in through the third pair of eyelets from the bottom (skip past two pairs of eyelets).

• Both ends run straight down on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets (skip past one pair of eyelets).

• Cross the ends and feed under the sides and out through the fourth pair of eyelets from the top (skip past three pairs of eyelets).

• Cross the ends and feed under the sides and out through the second pair of eyelets from the top (skip past one pair of eyelets).

• Cross the ends and feed under the sides and out through the top eyelets.

Features

Progressive tension

Decorative

Tricky to tighten

24% longer ends (approx.)

Notes

• The lower shoelace segments (near the forefoot) run at steeper angles. Tension in those segments is thus directed along the shoe rather than across the shoe. This, combined with the empty eyelets in the lower section, reduces inward tension and may help those with a wide forefoot.

Shoelace Lengths for Progressive Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 3 4 5 6 7 8 (a) 8 (b)
Length needed: (N/A) 82 cm
32 inch
93 cm
37 inch
99 cm
39 inch
110 cm
43 inch
119 cm
47 inch
128 cm
51 inch
Lengths available: (N/A) 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

Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+24% on average).

More details.

Progressive Lacing Feedback

"Progressive Lacing seems to be fulfilling its promise of being snug at the ankle and accommodating at the toes. In fact, with this lacing I usually can't pull my shoes off without untying the knot, and that's not been the case with other patterns. My toes don't get jammed into the front of the shoe as I walk, and the adaptation for six rows of eyelets isn't hard to tighten at all."

- D.T., USA

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