Knotted Segment Lacing
Tie a Reef Knot near the middle of the lacing to permanently set the tightness of the lower section independent of the upper section.
• Begin with a shoelace that's slightly longer than the original lace.
• Use standard Criss Cross Lacing to about the middle of the shoe.
• Tighten this “lower” segment as tightly or loosely as you prefer. For example, tighten more if you have a narrow forefoot, less if you have a wide forefoot.
• To permanently set the tightness, tie a Reef Knot at this point, ie:
- Left end over Right end & through;
- Right end over Left end & through.
• Continue the Criss Cross lacing to the top of the shoe. This “upper” segment is then the only part that is tightened and loosened, with the tension set independently of the “lower” segment.
Harder to get off
5% shorter ends (approx.)
• This page shows Criss Cross Lacing, knotted near the middle. You may instead use a different lacing method and/or a different knot position.
• The Reef Knots that separate the upper and lower segments can be replaced with different knots as preferred. See the 4th and 5th photos in the gallery below, both of which use different knots that are easier to adjust plus look more interesting.
• Also referred to as “Permanent Zoned Lacing”.
Shoelace Lengths for Knotted Segment Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||73 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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