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Roman Lacing

Alternating X-I-X-I on top of the shoe, which looks a little like Roman numerals. It's most effective on dress shoes where the sides of the shoe meet in the middle.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1
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Lacing Technique - 8 pairs, variation 1:

• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.

• Run both ends straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the next higher set of eyelets.

• The left (yellow) end runs straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet, then straight across on the outside and in through the opposite eyelet.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside, each skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up.

• Cross the ends on the outside and feed in through the eyelets on the opposite side.

• Both ends run straight up on the inside, each skipping one eyelet and emerging two eyelets higher up.

• The lower (yellow) end runs straight across on the outside and in through the opposite eyelet, then straight up on the inside and out through the top eyelet.

Variations:

1 Ends tied across the top on the outside.

2 Ends tied across the top on the inside.

3 Ends tied with a hidden knot between the top and second from top eyelets.

Features:
Decorative look
Suits dress shoes
Harder to tighten
31% longer ends (approx.)
Notes:

• The lacing technique depends on the number of eyelets in the shoe. This is because an "X" and an "I" form an odd number of passes across the sides of the shoe, whereas an even number of passes is needed for the lace ends to meet and to be tied together.

• Some of the variations can be flipped vertically to vary between a knot across the top or a hidden knot at the side, which looks distinctive but is quite tricky to tie and can feel uncomfortable.

• These techniques can be extended to suit any number of eyelet pairs by adding another "XIXI" or "IXIX" to the start of the lacing. For example, adding "XIXI" to the technique for 3 eyelet pairs will give the technique for 9 eyelet pairs.



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Shoelace Lengths for Roman Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) 74 cm
29 inch
80 cm
32 inch
91 cm
36 inch
94 cm
37 inch
107 cm
42 inch
110 cm
44 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 36" 36" 40" 45"
Comparative Length:
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+31% on average).
• These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker.
• For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.


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Related Links
Asterisk Lacing Asterisk Lacing

Similar method with "X"s and "I"s combined to form "*" symbols.

Bow Tie Lacing Bow Tie Lacing

Similar method with only "X"s and no intervening "I"s.

C.I.A. Lacing C.I.A. Lacing

Similar method with one or more "X"s between "I"s as covert signals.


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