Knotted Segment Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Knotted Segment Lacing. A more attractive though less flexible variation of Segmented Lacing in which a knot makes the lower segment of shoelace permanently tighter or looser.

Lug Knotted Segment Lacing diagram

Lacing Technique

• Begin with a shoelace that's slightly longer than the original lace.

• Use Lug Criss Cross Lacing to about the middle of the shoe, laced as tightly or loosely as you prefer. For example, tighten the lower segment more if you have narrow feet, less if you have wide feet.

• To permanently set the tightness of the lower segment, 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 tension independent of the lower segment.



Many uses

Harder to get off

5% shorter ends (approx.)


This page shows Lug Criss Cross Lacing, knotted near the middle. You may instead use a different lacing method and/or a different knot position.

For more info and animated instructions, see the eyelet version of Knotted Segment Lacing.

Lug Knotted Segment Lacing Gallery

White Nike Diamond Turf IIs with grey & green trim and grey Lug Knotted Segment Lacing (from Matt G)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Knotted Segment Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 77 cm
30 inch
89 cm
35 inch
101 cm
40 inch
113 cm
44 inch
125 cm
49 inch
137 cm
54 inch
149 cm
59 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 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

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

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−5% on average).

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