Tuesday, February 27, 2007


The mathematics of lacing shoes

What is the optimal way of lacing your shoes?  Good we have university mathematicians to help us with these philosophical issues and present the best solutions:


The criss-cross and straight patterns (left and centre) are strongest, but the bow-tie pattern (right) is the most efficient

I keep it simple and use the criss-cross pattern. What about you? Are you a traditionalist or are you using one of the 400 million other ways of lacing a shoe?

1 comment:

  1. I'm using the criss-cross pattern too keeping the extenal string above the internal one so that my shoe is more comfortable. ;-)

    Engeneering in lacing my shoes too? Yes of course why lacing my shoes by chance?