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Train Track Lacing

Like Army Lacing with the inside segments running straight across, the result looks like train tracks, and holds very tight because of the doubled laces through eyelets.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

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Lacing Technique:

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• Both ends run straight up on the outside and in through the next higher eyelets, then continue straight across on the inside and out through the (already occupied) eyelets on the opposite side. Repeat until lacing is completed.

Neat look
Holds very tight
Harder to tighten
2% shorter ends (approx.)

• This lacing works best with thinner or flat laces because most of the eyelets have to accommodate two passes of shoelace.

• This lacing is also useful for skateboarders. The rough grip-tape on skateboards rubs across the "high points" where the shoelaces run over the edges of the shoes, eventually chewing through them. Because this lacing has no shoelace segments running over the edges, there is less shoelace exposed to abrasion.

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Puma Alexander McQueens with Train Track Lacing
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Shoelace Lengths for Train Track Lacing
Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 63 cm
25 inch
76 cm
30 inch
90 cm
35 inch
103 cm
41 inch
116 cm
46 inch
129 cm
51 inch
142 cm
56 inch
Lengths available: 27" 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 54"
Comparative Length:
Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−2% 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
Army Lacing Army Lacing

Similar method with the underlying laces running at an angle instead of straight across.

Ladder Lacing Ladder Lacing

Similar looking method with the laces looped under the vertical sections.

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