Bow Tie Lacing
This method “lengthens” ends because it consumes the least amount of shoelace. The laces cross over on the outside and run vertically on the inside, forming a “bow-tie” outline.
• For even numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the outside (grey section) and in through the bottom eyelets.
• For odd numbers of eyelet pairs, begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.
• At each eyelet pair, alternate between a crossover on the outside and in through the next higher set of eyelets or running straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets. Repeat until lacing is completed.
33% longer ends (approx.)
Shoelace Lengths for Bow Tie Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||(N/A)||63 cm
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+33% on average).
Bow Tie Lacing Feedback
Well, my boat shoe moccasin laces are too short because they were remnants from excess large boot laces. They were pressed into service because they are wonderfully soft and flexible leather laces, but they were too short to hold a knot well. So I tried the bow tie lacing diagram and they are now perfect.
– Dan K., Monte Sereno, CA, USA, Apr-2004
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