Riding Boot Lacing

Also referred to as "Bal-Lacing", this method is for riding boots (motorbike or equestrian) whose sides are joined at the top and loosen near the ankle. The laces zig-zag from both ends and are tied in the middle.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets
Pairs
8
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4
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Step
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Lacing Technique

• Begin with a long diagonal on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom left and top right eyelets.

• The bottom (blue) end zig-zags upwards towards the middle, while the top (yellow) end zig-zags downwards towards the middle, each end running straight across on the outside and diagonally on the inside.

• The ends are tied across the middle near the narrowest part of the ankle.

Features

Neat look

Unusual layout

Special purpose

5% shorter ends (approx.)

Notes

This method is not really meant to be used on normal shoes, boots or sneakers, although it can be used on them to achieve an unusual look. It's specifically intended for riding boots (as shown in the first photo) in which the part that is tightened and loosened is at the middle of the boot (near the ankle). This means that they lace up from both top and bottom and fasten in the middle. On boots such as these, the sides come completely together, hiding all of the angled underlying shoelace segments.

Shoelace Lengths for Riding Boot Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 70 cm
28 inch
81 cm
32 inch
93 cm
37 inch
104 cm
41 inch
116 cm
46 inch
127 cm
50 inch
139 cm
55 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 40" 45" 54" 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

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−5% on average).

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