Some boots have to be laced up correctly for a snug fit, which is important if you’re walking for long periods or hiking. Wearing the right socks makes a big difference, when it comes to comfort as well. Here we will tell you how to put on your lace up boots and hiking boots.
Putting On Lace-Up Boots
1.Lace underneath the bottom eyelet. Start by lacing underneath the bottom eyelets on both sides of each boot. This will help you criss-cross the laces using moderate to high tension, depending on how snug you need to make your boots.
2.Start lacing underneath the bottom eyelet. To relieve any pressure at the base of the boots, start criss-crossing the laces from the top part of the bottom eyelet. All consecutive eyelets should be threaded from underneath.
3.Criss-cross the laces. The criss-cross technique is common, but also the most comfortable to wear with boots. After you lace the first pair of eyelets, criss-cross each lace to the opposite side by threading underneath each eyelet.
4.Loosen up the laces from the top down. To put on your boots easily and not mess up all your hard work lacing them, loosen the laces from the top. Only loosen the top few laces at first. Check to see if your foot will fit and if it doesn’t, loosen up one or two more at the top.
5.Wear the correct sock material. Cotton or polyester socks will make your feet smell to high heaven after you take off your boots. Wear wool socks or at least a wool blend. Steer clear of ones made entirely out of nylon, cotton or polyester.
6.Use your body weight. As your muscle flexes, it might allow you to push a tight boot all the way down. Remember to keep your laces snug at the bottom at least, so your boots don’t slip.
Putting On Hiking Boots
1.Wear liner socks. Liner socks are worn between your boots and regular socks, and they snugly hold your feet in place. Find some made out of wool, but about half the thickness. Opt for synthetic material that wicks away moisture or something like silk, if you can’t find wool.
2.Double knot the laces. To prevent your boots from slipping while you walk, or your laces coming undone; double knot them. After you lace and tie your boots like normal, tie them again using the butterfly loops.
3.Find thick socks. You don’t want your boots to slip around your foot at all while you walk. To make sure you prevent this, find thick socks. Look for socks about the thickness of fleece or made out of fleece themselves.