L.L.Bean Albany Outing Group Message Board › There is more than one way to lace a boot.
Have you ever complained that your boots don't fit just right sometimes.... try some of these lacing techniques to adjust your fit.
The standard lacing technique works well for many people but not everybody. Correct lacing is taut, but not too tight, from the toe up to the top of the boot or shoe. There should be no loose lacing and the lacing should contact the boot evenly and firmly.
Below are a few tried-and-true techniques. Use this as a starting point and experiment with your own.
Loop: If laces are slipping on a hook, lace "down" a hook instead of "up" creating a loop.
D-ring lock: By bringing the lace around through the eyelet from the top, pressure is applied on the lace.
Overhand knot: The most common means of locking off tension below the knot.
Surgeon's knot: this is a very secure means of locking off any chosen tension below the knot.
Marathon loop: Improves heel lock for low-cut shoes.
Low-Cut Shoe Heel Lock
Make a loop through the double eyelet at the top of the shoe and lace back through the loop. Pull up against the loop to snug your heel into the heel pocket.
Boot Heel Lock
To distribute pressure create a loop between two hooks and pass the lace from above and through, then continue upward.
To improve performance with lower-volume or narrow feet, utilize on or more of the "locking" techniques to hold the foot securely in place without causing excessive pressure or irritation.
To reduce pressure over the instep, simply skip crossing the laces over the sensitive area sometimes associated with having a high instep. It's a good idea to use with a locking procedure before and after.
To eliminate lower skin irritation, finish the lacing by bringing the laces over the top of the hooks before tying the bow knot.
* This article was published in Backpacker Magazine
Other sources of information:
Prevents pressure on high volume of high instep feet. Skip lacing to reduce pressure. Double wrap maintains hold above and below.
Improves hold of low volume or narrow feet. Double wrap on lower laces holds foot snug. Prevents overtightening of laces that causes pressure
Tightens heel lock. Pass lace across and under opposite lace that spans two hooks. Pull up against the lacing to tighten the heel into the boot.
If you tend to get blisters on your heels you want to tighten the heel lock to avoid heel movement and friction.
When going downhill tighten the lacing in the front to avoid your toes banging into the front of the boot.
Edited by Dorothy on Jan 12, 2012 10:02 PM
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Great information Dorothy! Thanks