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How To Tie Your Walking Boots

23 April 2021
How To Tie Your Walking Boots

Are you having problems with your laces coming undone and wondering how to tie your walking boots to prevent this?

We know how frustrating it is when you're on a hike and have to keep stopping to retie your boot laces. So we've had a look at the best knots out there, that will keep your laces in place while alleviating common footwear issues at the same time.


Surgeon’s Knot

Helps to prevent: heel slippage

Surgeons knot lacing

This is perfect if you find you are getting blisters on the back of your heels or the bottoms of your feet when hiking, or if you notice your heel slipping inside your boot.

Creating extra friction with a double overhand knot below the first eyelet hook helps to keep the tension in the laces below while you finish the surgeon's knot with another (double or single) overhand knot after hooking the laces on the eyelets.

This will help to lock your heel snugly into the back of the boot reducing any movement of your foot within your boot.


Window Lacing

Helps to prevent: pressure on top of the foot

window lacing

This a great remedy for those who feel too much pressure on top of the foot, this might be due to a high volume foot or as a result of an injury in that area.

While it is simple, it is effective in reducing unwanted pressure without reducing the support offered by the boot. It can be used on any one of the lower cross-sections of lacing so try different ones to find the best solution for you.


Toe-Relief Lacing

Helps to prevent: pressure across the toe box

toe relief lacing

As we get older our feet are likely to change slightly. Ligaments and tendons become a little more lax and we may develop common deformities such as bunions or hammertoes.

If you find your trusty boots have started causing pressure across the toe area you can relieve that pressure by starting your laces at the second eyelet. This will ensure you still get the support you require from the boots but allows for a little more width across the toebox.


Ankle-Relief Lacing

Helps to prevent: pressure around the ankle bones (Malleolus)

ankle relief lacing

For those who have prominent ankle bones, boots can cause considerable discomfort.

By catching the top hook eyelets first and then working your way down, to secure the laces opposite the heel, you redirect the pressure of the laces so that it doesn’t sit across the two protruding points.

Instead, the pressure is angled downwards and will maintain ankle support while also contributing to keeping the heel locked into the back of the boot.

About the Author:

Charlotte Fish - Outdoor Expert

Charlotte discovered her passion for the outdoors in her early teens and has never looked back since. Her pursuit of outdoor activities has taken her all over the world but she truly believes there is no place like home.


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