Shoe Shop Lacing
Often seen in shoe shops because many shoes come pre-laced this way from the factory. One end runs from bottom to top while the other end zig-zags through the eyelets. Sometimes referred to as "Factory Lacing" or "Single Helix Lacing".
• Begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.
• The left (blue) end runs all the way up the inside and out through the top right eyelet (or top left eyelet for variation 2).
• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and left on the inside, then straight across on the outside. Repeat until lacing is completed.
• For variation 2, the right (yellow) end reaches the second from top right eyelet, then runs straight up the inside and out through the top right eyelet.
1 For normal use, run the long section diagonally from bottom-left to top-right.
2 For a neater look, run the long section straight up the inside from bottom-left to top-left.
Easy to lace
End lengths shift
5% shorter ends (approx.)
The left and right shoes can be laced in reverse (mirror image) to end up with a symmetrical look.
Sports / Military Advice
Like other straight lacing methods, Shoe Shop Lacing has an additional benefit for sporting or military use: The upper horizontal sections of shoelace can be quickly cut through with a knife or scissors in order to more easily remove a boot from a broken, sprained or otherwise injured ankle or foot.
Note that most military forces have regulations for just about everything, so I'd recommend that military personnel check before they adopt this, or any other, possible non-regulation lacing method!
Shoe Shop Lacing Gallery
Blue and white argyle Miss Shoes sneakers with Shoe Shop Lacing.
Shoelace Lengths for Shoe Shop Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||70 cm
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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