Can't find it in google, but there must be something English speakers use to describe a shoe one started to lace up and left unfinished?

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    halfly has not been a valid English word for many centuries. Apr 21, 2020 at 12:54

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Just half is sufficient.

A half-eaten apple.

You left it half finished.

  • thus "a half-laced up shoe" is correct? Apr 21, 2020 at 11:53
  • I'd say the state of being "laced up" is a binary one - the shoes are either laced up or they aren't. It's just like you can't be half pregnant. Apr 21, 2020 at 12:59
  • >"laced up" is a binary one would saying "half done shoe" be better? Apr 21, 2020 at 13:12
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    If a shoe has laces threaded through the bottom eyelets but not the top ones, what is it if not half-laced-up? Apr 21, 2020 at 14:54
  • @yummi.yummi - if you insist on hyphenation, half-laced-up. Apr 21, 2020 at 16:58

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