Loop Back Lacing (lug version)

Lug Loop Back Lacing

A lug version of Loop Back Lacing. Each side loops back on itself down the middle, rather like when two springs become intertwined. However, those loop-backs tend to shift off-centre.

Diagram for 4 pairs of lugs

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Lacing Technique

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

• Run the left (blue) end all the way straight up through each lug on the left side of the shoe, leaving some slack between each lug and the next highest lug.

• Run the right (yellow) lace up the right side of the shoe, at each lug looping around the left (blue) loop in the middle of the shoe and back again before feeding up through the next higher lug.


Decorative look

Laces wear more

Centreline shifts

4% shorter ends (approx.)


Loop Back lacing looks best on shoes with thick, round shoelaces, especially light colored laces on dark colored shoes. These accentuate the fact that the laces loop back on themselves rather than crossing over each other.

Shoelace Lengths for Lug Loop Back Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 75 cm
29 inch
87 cm
34 inch
100 cm
39 inch
112 cm
44 inch
125 cm
49 inch
138 cm
54 inch
150 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 (−4% on average).

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