Lattice Lacing

Lattice Lacing

The outer segments are crossed at a steep angle, allowing them to be woven through each other to form a decorative lattice in the middle.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets, variation 1

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Lacing Technique – 8 pairs, Variation 1 – Verticals at top/bottom

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

• Both ends run straight up on the inside and out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• The left (blue) end runs diagonally up and right on the outside, feeding in through the eyelet three rows higher up the shoe (skip past two rows), then continues straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• The now-right (blue) end runs diagonally down and left on the outside, feeding in through the lowest vacant eyelet at bottom-left before continuing straight up on the inside and out through the next higher eyelet.

• The now-left (blue) end runs diagonally up and right on the outside, feeding in through the second-from-top-right eyelet.

• Switching to the right (yellow) end, follow a mirror-image of the above path to fill the remaining eyelets. At each intersection of a blue segment, alternate crossing under or over for a nicely woven result.

• Finally, both ends run straight up on the inside and out through the top eyelets.


Very popular!

Decorative look

Tricky to tighten

24% longer ends (approx.)


• It's easier to do the weaving and get all the “overpasses” and “underpasses” correct by firstly completing the left (blue) end, then weaving the right (yellow) end through.

• With 6 pairs of eyelets, variation 2 has double verticals on the inside, which gives the same external appearance as variation 1 but which consumes more shoelace length.

• With 8 pairs of eyelets, triple verticals on the inside result in a four-way lattice.

• With 10 pairs of eyelets, either single or quadruple verticals result in a five-way lattice.

• With 11+ pairs of eyelets, two or more complete three-way lattices can be joined end-to-end.

Shoelace Lengths for Lattice Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 6 (a) 6 (b) 7 (a) 7 (b) 8 (a) 8 (b) 8 (c)
Length needed: 108 cm
43 inch
114 cm
45 inch
111 cm
44 inch
118 cm
47 inch
114 cm
45 inch
129 cm
51 inch
154 cm
61 inch
Lengths available: 45" 45" 45" 45" 45" 54" 63"

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 (+24% on average).

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Visitor Feedback

Oh, and I found that after lattice lacing that pair, I've switched all of my converse to lattice lacing. They are tight on the top of the foot but very easy to slip your shoe in and out of - much faster than the regular bar/straight lacing styles.

– Lyndsay P., Sep-2009

I'm getting married and I ordered some custom Converse to wear with my dress. I wanted to use some ribbon for the laces in a color that matched the color of ribbon on my dress. I was googling random things related to shoe laces and whooosh! I was transported to your site. I spent an entire evening trying different styles to see which looked fancy enough for a wedding. I finally decided on the Lattice Lacing. My soon-to-be husband was so impressed with I came out of my room and showed him what I could do. He wants me to pick something neat to do for his dress shoes as well. This is just one of those little things that will add big drama to my wedding look. Thank you so much!

– Laurissa M., Tukwila, WA, USA, Feb-2008

I've been using the lattice lacing on my hiking boots. It looks very nice, but as you wrote it is not so easy to tighten (or loosen).

– John R., Sep-2007

One change I made though was to lace top to bottom so that the lace ends are at the toe end of the shoe. I never tie my laces and the gap left at the top of the shoe when using the method on your site makes for a slippy shoe. When laced “upside-down” the sides of the shoe are held together much more securley and so slippyness is reduced.

– Steve P., Dorset, UK, Jan-2007

I did lattice lacing on my walk about shoes. Like you said, hard to adjust tension but it looks pretty neat.

– Ben W., Dec-2006

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