Double Cross Lacing

Double Cross Lacing

This lacing is created by running three steps forward (on the inside), one step back (on the outside). The result is short, wide crosses overlapping tall, narrow crosses.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1

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Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – Even numbers of eyelet pairs, regular spacing

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

• Cross the ends on the inside and emerge through the set of eyelets three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two rows).

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

• Continue three rows up on the inside, one row down on the outside until both ends emerge through the top eyelets.


• Variation 1 has two empty rows of eyelets, resulting in underlying crosses of a consistent height and angle.

• Variation 2 uses all eyelets, resulting in “compressed” crossovers at top and bottom. This looks less consistent but feels more secure, plus it uses more shoelace.

• Variation 3 has the overlapping crossovers interwoven, producing a really interesting look.

• Variation 4 is for shoes with an odd number of eyelet pairs, which need one “compressed” crossover at either the top or the bottom of the lacing.


Decorative look

Tricky to tighten

12% longer ends (approx.)


Although the interwoven variation looks great, it is terribly difficult to tighten or loosen. It's best used on low shoes or sneakers, which can be removed without loosening and thus disturbing too many of the interwoven sections.

Shoelace Lengths for Double Cross Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 4 5 6 (a) 6 (b) 7 8 (a) 8 (b)
Length needed: 94 cm
37 inch
96 cm
38 inch
98 cm
39 inch
119 cm
47 inch
121 cm
48 inch
123 cm
48 inch
143 cm
56 inch
Lengths available: 36" 36" 40" 45" 45" 45" 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

Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+12% on average).

More details.

Double Cross Lacing Feedback

(Regarding the interwoven variation...)

It is very important that when lacing you periodically test fit the shoe and make adjustments as needed, or you will have to start all over if it doesn't fit right.

- Steven A, PA, USA, May-2007

I am sending this little note because after reading that the “double cross” lacing is hard to tighten or loosen, my experience taught me that it is easy if you tighten with the upper parts of the overlying X's, and loosen with the lower parts of the overlying X's. Now, I haven't tried this with the interwoven version, but I have no problems with the regular DbX!

- Wesley, NV, USA, Aug-2015

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