How to tie your Laces


Sounds silly to have a post on ‘How to Tie Laces‘ but believe me there are many ways to tie your boot laces and depending on your feet to what works best for you. We all have different types of feet with a variety of issues. Some have wide feet, some narrow, some high arches, some flat. There are some of us with weak ankles and so on. Having the correct fitting boots will help, but if you combine that with the correct way to tie your laces you are on a winner! With this post I will be showing you some of the different techniques, though do remember that these are only a few ways of doing it and they are the methods I have experimented with. Give them a try, experiment for yourself, it can make the world of difference to how your feet feel and as every hiker knows – Happy Feet means Happy Hiker!

The Surgeon’s Knot 

This I know as a fisherman’s knot. It’s very simple and helps with slippage of the laces when tying them or even if they come undone.

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Step 1. Cross over……

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Step 2. Tuck under once…

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Step 3. Tuck under twice.

Low Cut Hiking Shoe Heel Lock

This is for those of you that don’t wear boots but wear the hiking shoes or even I use this method for my joggers. This helps with the heel slippage.

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Step 1. Hoop the laces in the eyelet above it.

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Step 2. Cross over and thread through the hoops.

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Step 3. Pull

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Step 4. Tie surgeons knot.

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Step 5. Tie off.

The Basic Boot Tie

This method is the way we all would first tie up our boots when we try them on. Basically it is just a simple kriss cross of the laces all the way up to the top eyelet and tie off. This is all right if you are one of the very few who don’t have feet issues of some kind.

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Heel Lock Tie

This is great to secure your heels so you don’t have slipping of the heal. Even if you have the right boot you still can have a certain amount of slippage. It’s not a major issue as this method will stop that and help prevent those very painful blisters. Start by making sure your foot is placed right to the back of your boot.

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Step 1. Lace to the base and do a surgeons knot

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Step 2. Hook over top eyelets

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Step 3. Cross and hook over second eyelets

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Step 4. Do another surgeons knot

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Step 5. Tie off.

High Arches

Some of us have high arches and if our boots are too tight on the top part of out feet it can cause extreme pain and instability. This technique will prevent you from putting too much pressure on the top of your foot while still giving you the support.

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Step 1. Undo laces to this point.

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Step 2. Thread up side eyelets

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Step 3. Tie surgeons knot

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Step 4. Continue to the top and tie off.

Narrow Feet

This method will show you how to pull those laces firmly to have a snug fit. Do check on different brands as some are better suited to the narrow fit.

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Step 1. Undo laces to this point.

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Step 2. Thread up side eyelets

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Step 3. Leave hoops open

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Step 4. Cross over and thread through hoops.

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Step 5. Pull

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Step 6. Take over first eyelet and do surgeons knot

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Step 7. Cross over top eyelet

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Step 8. Cross to second eyelet and tie off.

Ankle Pressure

Tying your laces at the top of your boots can cause you irritation on your skin. This method ties below the boot cuff to prevent that issue.

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Step 1. Tie up to 3rd eyelet and do a surgeons knot, cross over top eyelet .

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Step 2. Cross down and around 2nd eyelet.

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Step 3. Tie surgeons knot

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Step 4. Tie off.

So start experimenting and get walking!

Happy Walking 👣👣👣

♥ look out for the upcoming post on BOOTS. How to choose.and How to care for your boots as well as How to Choose Socks,

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