Lacing technique

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Double Helix Lacing diagram
Double Helix Lacing picture 1
Double Helix Lacing picture 2
Double Helix Lacing gives the greatest benefit on tall boots with many eyelets. Photo sent to me by Andreas G.
Lacing Technique:
1. The lace is run straight across the bottom (grey section), with the left (blue) end emerging through the bottom left eyelet while the right (yellow) end is fed in through the bottom right eyelet.

2. The left (blue) end runs diagonally on the outside and is fed in through the next higher right eyelet, while the right (yellow) end runs diagonally on the inside and emerges through the next higher left eyelet.

3. Repeat step (2), using the opposite colors at each repetition, following a double spiral (or "Double Helix") path until both until both ends emerge through the top eyelets.

Decorative look
Fast & easy
Less wear & tear

Comparative Length = 100%
Identical length to basic Criss Cross Lacing
More details

The left and right shoes can be laced in reverse (mirror image) so as to end up with a symmetrical look.

Double Helix Lacing Theory:
This method was invented and patented by Monte Fisher for faster and easier lacing of shoes and boots. The idea is that there is less friction between the laces and the edges of the shoe flaps, plus negligible contact between overlapping laces, reducing friction even further. This makes tightening and loosening easier, plus the fact that groups of two adjacent laces can be grabbed and pulled simultaneously makes it faster as well, especially on tall boots with many eyelets (as shown at left).

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