Double Back Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Double Back Lacing. Although terribly awkward to tighten, this method looks interesting, holds very firmly, and can also be used if you're desperate to shorten long lace ends.

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across (grey section) and down through the second row of lugs from the top of the shoe.

• Cross the ends and feed down through the fourth row of lugs, skipping the third row.

• Continue down the shoe two rows of lugs at a time.

• At the bottom, double back and work back up the shoe, criss-crossing and feeding up through the vacant lugs.


Stays very tight

Terribly awkward

8% shorter ends (approx.)

Lug Double Back Lacing Gallery

Brown Adidas Goodyears with white trim and brown Lug Double Back Lacing (from John W) Black Ecco sneakers with grey trim and black Lug Double Back Lacing (from Daniel D)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Double Back Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 75 cm
29 inch
87 cm
34 inch
100 cm
40 inch
113 cm
45 inch
126 cm
50 inch
139 cm
55 inch
152 cm
60 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 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

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−8% on average).

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