Most of us master shoe-tying in primary school and don’t give our laces much thought after that. If your walking boots start to wear on your feet in uncomfortable ways, though, you’ll be glad to learn a few new lacing tricks that could help improve your comfort.
In this article, we cover three ways to re-lace your boots to help relieve foot discomfort:
It’s important to note that the lacing techniques described here aren’t a substitute for getting the right fit when you buy your boots.
When your heel is slipping excessively as you walk, you probably have too much interior volume at the top of your foot. Cinch down your boot and hold it in place with two surgeon’s knots: Once secured, these hold fast where they’re placed and won’t work themselves loose. Pull out any slack in the laces, snugging the boot over the top of your foot.
If your well-tied boots start to create a pressure point on the top of your foot, window lacing (aka “box lacing”) can help alleviate the problem:
If your toes are in a world of hurt, this stopgap measure can help you make it back to the trailhead. This trick works by relieving pressure in the toe box:
Most boots come with long laces to allow for different techniques, so you should be able to do any of these lacing tricks using your current laces.
If your laces are worn out, be sure to replace them with ones that match both the shape (round, oval or flat) and length of your previous pair