Lacing technique

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Method 1 (single verticals, shorter laces)
Lattice Lacing diagram 1
Faint sections are underneath
Lacing Technique 1 (single verticals, shorter laces):
1. The lace is run straight across the bottom (grey section) and the ends emerge through both bottom eyelets.

2. The ends are crossed over each other, run diagonally upwards on the outside and fed in through the third-higher set of eyelets up the shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets).

3. Both ends are run straight up the inside and emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.

4. The ends are crossed over each other, run diagonally downwards on the outside and fed in through the third-lower set of eyelets down the shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets).

5. Both ends are run straight up the inside and emerge through the next set of eyelets up the shoe.

6. The ends are crossed over each other, run diagonally upwards on the outside, then fed under the sides to emerge through the top set of eyelets (skip past two sets of eyelets).


Comparative Length = 108%
Laced area uses more (about +8%)
Longer laces needed (about +4%)
Shortens lace ends (about −7%)
More details
Method 2 (double verticals, longer laces)
Lattice Lacing diagram 2
Faint sections are underneath
Lacing Technique 2 (double verticals, longer laces):
1. The lace is run straight across the bottom (grey section) and the ends emerge through both bottom eyelets.

2. The ends are crossed over each other, run diagonally upwards on the outside and fed in through the third-higher set of eyelets up the shoe (skip past two sets of eyelets).

3. Both ends are run straight down on the inside and emerge through the second-lower set of eyelets down the shoe (skip past one set of eyelets).

4. Repeat steps (2) and (3), each time running diagonally upwards on the outside or straight down on the inside, until the ends are fed under the sides to emerge through the top set of eyelets.


Comparative Length = 122%
Laced area uses more (about +22%)
Longer laces needed (about +10%)
Shortens lace ends (about −20%)
More details
Lattice Lacing picture 1
Lattice Lacing picture 2
Lattice Lacing with fat laces really accentuates the weaving.

Lattice Lacing picture 3
Rob B. sent me this pic of his Lattice Laced Saucony Jazz sneakers.
Features:
Very popular!
Decorative look
Harder to tighten


NOTE:
It's easier to do the weaving and get all the "Overs" and "Unders" correct if you firstly complete the left (blue) end, then weave the right (yellow) end in and out.


Variations:
Because of the way this lacing exactly fills 6 adjacent pairs of eyelets (ie. 12 eyelets), the pattern can't simply be continued through any number of eyelets. In other words, it can't be used the same way on all shoes. See below for some variations of Lattice Lacing to suit shoes with different numbers of eyelet pairs.

Because of the variety of methods, I've only provided Shoelace Length Calculations for shoes that will fit exact multiples of complete lattices, ie. those with 6, 11, 16, 21, 26 etc. pairs of eyelets.

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