Hexagram Lacing (lug version)

Lug Hexagram Lacing

A lug version of Hexagram Lacing. This purely decorative lacing forms a hexagram, or six pointed star, which has been used for centuries in various cultures and religions, most notably as the Jewish “Star of David”.

Diagram for 5 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across the bottom (grey section) and up through both bottom lugs.

NOTE: In this diagram, only the uppermost tips of the bottom grey section are visible (see Step 1).

• Adjust so that the right (yellow) end is quite a bit longer than the left (blue) end.

• The left (blue) end runs diagonally up and to the right and feeds down through the middle right lug (skip past 1 lug).

• The same end (blue) then runs diagonally up and to the left and feeds up through the top left lug (skip past 1 lug).

• The right (yellow) end runs diagonally up and to the left and feeds down through the middle left lug (skip past 1 lug).

• Run the left (yellow) end in a complete loop: Straight across and up through the adjacent lug on the right side, then back across and down through the adjacent lug on the left side.

• Finally, run the left (yellow) end diagonally up and to the right, feeding up through the top right lug (skip past 1 lug).


Decorative look

Loose fit

Tricky to tighten

16% longer ends (approx.)


If the crossovers of the laces are carefully woven as shown, they will not only accurately depict the traditional “Star of David” but will also hold the shape of the lacing more securely.

Shoelace Lengths for Lug Hexagram Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: (N/A) (N/A) (N/A) 102 cm
40 inch
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Lengths available: 40"

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 Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+16% on average).

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