Zipper Lacing (lug version)

A lug version of Zipper Lacing. This method “locks” the laces at each eyelet pair. Great for lacing skates tightly because the lower sections hold while tightening. It also looks interesting – a bit like a giant zipper.

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.

• The ends are looped back under the laces where they feed into the bottom of the lugs.

• Cross the ends, then feed into the bottom of the next higher set of lugs.

• Repeat the looping, crossing and feeding up through the next higher lugs until lacing is completed.


Decorative look

Holds very firmly

Harder to tighten

12% shorter ends (approx.)

Lug Zipper Lacing Gallery

Grey Rip Curl sneakers with light grey & dark grey trim and grey Lug Zipper Lacing (from Davy) Black Nike Air Jordans with blue & white trim and blue combination of Zipper Lacing and Lug Zipper Lacing (from Blake W) Black Adidas sneakers with fluoro yellow trim and fluoro yellow Lug Zipper Lacing (from Andrei R)

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Shoelace Lengths for Lug Zipper Lacing

Pairs of lugs: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 76 cm
30 inch
90 cm
35 inch
103 cm
41 inch
117 cm
46 inch
130 cm
51 inch
144 cm
57 inch
158 cm
62 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 (−12% on average).

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