How do you lace up boots?
Boots need to be tight enough to stay firm, but not so tight that the feet feel too restricted. The best way to achieve this is by having consistent lacing all the way up. Pull the ends until there’s a small amount of resistance, then move onto the next row.
With boots for walking and working, it’s best to lace them up in a criss-cross pattern, as this tightens the boots at angles for uniform tightness, and it’s easy to get them on and off. Lacing them over-over-under-under (rather than over-under-over-under) minimises stress on the lace itself, reducing the chances of it wearing and snapping. You know you’ve done it correctly if you see a series of X’s on top rather than looping, criss-crossing diagonals going over and under each crossing.
How do you lace dress boots?
Most people prefer a neat appearance on dress boots, so often straight bar lacing is used. That’s where every row has the lace reaching straight across on the visible side, with all the diagonal lengths being hidden underneath. There are several ways to achieve straight lacing.
The simplest way is to feed one end so it emerges at the top left and runs all the way to the bottom left on the same side underneath. Then bring the lace out at eyelet 1, cross to 1 on the right, go under, and come out again at 2 on the right. Then it’s across to 2 on the left, go in, and come out at 3 on the left, and so on.
Another way is to use diagonal straight lacing. The lace goes in at top left and comes out bottom right, then across to bottom left on the outside. Then it crosses to eyelet 2 on the right, comes out and goes straight across, and continues this until the top.
The main drawback of straight lacing is that you have to estimate the length you require on the end that isn’t threading through the eyelets. You’ll invariably guess wrong the first time, and will have to go down each row loosening or tightening till you get the ends equal lengths. It can also take a bit longer than criss-cross to tighten and release, but the hard work pays off in the neat, uniform finish.
What length boot laces do I need?
The length is determined by the type of lacing, the number of eyelets and the boot’s height. The most efficient way to lace boots (the one with the shortest length) is criss-cross lacing. You should have a minimum of 10cm at each end to tie a double knot.