Do you have laces that are too long and would like to know how to find the right length?

Do you constantly make a double loop to reduce the length?

So if you're wondering, "How do I find the correct shoelace length ?", read on.

To find the correct shoelace length there are 3 ways, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. Let's start with the easiest one:

1. Measure the original shoelace length

Probably the easiest method is to thread the original laces out of the shoes and measure them. This way you can be sure that the new laces are the exact same length and fit. If the original laces were too long or too short, choose a shorter or longer length when buying new laces, or use one of the following 2 methods.

Often original laces are kept very long. This is to ensure that every foot, no matter how wide or narrow, will fit into the shoe. You may know the problem when a shoe is very narrow and you need to widen the lacing to get comfortably into the shoe. This is exactly the reason why laces from brands tend to be sold or enclosed in longer lengths.

2. Standard table

The most common method for finding the correct lace length is to use a standard table. There you choose the number of pairs of eyelets / holes and very quickly get a reasonably accurate length of laces for your shoes. However, you should bear in mind that the table does not tell you how far apart the holes / eyelets are on the shoes. This means that if the lacing is very tight or wide, the lace length recommended by the table could be wrong. Therefore, consider the given values as guidelines.

Pairs of eyelets Length in CM Length in inches


45 - 60
18 - 24
60 - 75
24 - 30
75 - 90
30 - 35
90 - 120
35 - 39
39 - 47
120 - 150
47 - 59
150 - 180
59 - 71
180 -
71 -
3. Calculating the length of the shoelaces

The most accurate but also the most time-consuming way to calculate the correct length of your shoe laces is to work them out. For this purpose, we have developed a calculator where you only have to enter the number of holes / pairs of holes (eyelets / pairs of eyelets), the horizontal and vertical distance between the holes.

Shoelace Length Calculator

Worth knowing

No matter what shape or colour of laces you need, the length will always be the same. This means that if you need 75cm, you will need this length for both round laces and flat laces. The footwear or type of shoes should not normally play a role either. It is much more important to choose the correct style of laces or shoe laces.

Lacing hooks are an exception here. Because the laces of shoes or boots with lacing hooks are not threaded "up and down" but hooked in, the required length is minimally reduced. However, this is often the reason why you have to tie a double knot or a double loop on boots with lacing hooks. Here, it is recommended to choose a length shorter if possible or to order a measured length / desired length.

Why are shoes with laces still sold today?

Well mainly it is probably because laces are still the best combination of functionality and style.

On the one hand, shoelaces or laces give the best hold, on the other hand, looks are tidy and reduced. No matter what shoe, round and flat laces always fit and offer a way to change the look of the shoes. Even though laces can break over time, they have become very tear-resistant if you choose the right manufacturer. In case it does happen, it is very easy to buy replacement laces these days, whether waxed or unwaxed, for whatever shoe size or occasion, i.e. for work shoes or casual shoes. Nevertheless, depending on the type of footwear or shoe type, you should choose the appropriate style and colour of laces. For elegant footwear, waxed replacement laces in round or flat are best, for sneakers, sneaker laces or sneaker replacement laces are recommended. Of course, these recommendations are only a guideline.

What role does shoe size play in lace length?

In general, the number of eyelets is much more important than the shoe size. Because even if the distance between the holes or the distance between the eyelets is slightly larger for large shoes, this does not necessarily increase the required replacement lace length. So if you have 2 pairs of shoes with 8 pairs of eyelets, one in shoe size 40 and one in shoe size 43, the shoe lace length should be the same.

How long should the shoelace ends be in order to tie a knot?

Generally, you should allow 15cm for the ends of the laces to make a normal knot or loop. However, if you prefer a double loop or a double knot, it is advisable to go for the next longer length of shoelaces or replacement laces.