How to choose the best laces and the best lacing technique?

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How to choose the best laces and the best lacing technique?

 

Have the laces on your hiking boots run out? A well-prepared hiker always has a spare pair of the right length in his pocket. Make sure you tie them correctly to avoid minor inconveniences. We'll explain what you need to watch out for when buying, tying and knotting your laces.

 

How to tie your shoes in 4 steps

 

To get off the beaten path with properly laced shoes, you just need to know your hiking boots and your feet. Answer these four questions before you know it, you'll know how to tie your shoes properly!

 

  • How long should your laces be --> Length
  • Should you choose flat laces or round laces --> Shape
  • How do you fasten the laces in your hiking boot --> Tie 
  • How do you tie your shoelaces for a walk ? --> Knot 

 

Length

 

How long should your laces be?

The easiest way to determine the desired length of your laces is to compare them with your old laces. But the number of eyelets is also a good indication. 

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CAUTION: Keep in mind that these are average lengths and the distance between the eyelets and between the two rows will affect the length of your laces. Also, some lacing and tying techniques require shorter/longer laces.

 

TIP: Not sure what length to choose? Then it's best to choose laces that are a little longer. Those extra inches won't bother you as much as laces that are too short.

 

 

Shape

 

Do you choose flat laces or round laces?

By choosing a different color lace, you can easily (and inexpensively) give your hiking boots a completely different look. But the most important thing is the fit. It's the shape that determines how comfortable your laces will be to use.

 

Round laces

 

- Advantage: they slide better through the eyelets and are therefore easier to tighten.

- Disadvantage: they loosen more quickly.

 

Flat laces

 

- Advantage: they are less likely to come loose.

- Disadvantage: they slip through the eyelets less easily and are therefore more difficult to tighten.

 

GOOD TO KNOW: You want to enjoy your laces as long as possible? All the laces you'll find in the lace go store are wear-resistant. What's more, they are all waterproofed, so they won't absorb any water that might get into your shoes.

 

 

Tie

 

How do you fasten the laces in your hiking boots?

By lacing your laces through the eyelets in a certain way, you can avoid some minor discomforts or injuries, like blisters or compressed toes. It can also help with painful pressure points. So you need to find the method that works best for you and your feet.

 

Tip: a walking sole in your shoes can also solve a lot of problems.

 

Flat feet

 

Make an extra loop at the end, which helps support feet with low arches.

 

 

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Swollen feet

 

 

Lace your laces alternately horizontally and vertically to create a flexible fit that expands when inflated.

 

 

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Lateral pain in forefoot

 

 

Start by tying the laces only vertically so that the forefoot has more room and is less compressed.   

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High instep

 

 

Skip one or two eyelets in the middle of the shoe when lacing. This gives your instep more room, which reduces pressure.

 

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Compressed toes

 

 

Thread one half of the laces diagonally from the bottom to the top and the other half crosswise. This will raise the nose of your shoe slightly and give your toes more room.

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Unstable metatarsus

 

Lace your lace crosswise to the middle of your shoe, then double loop through the same eyelet. Pass your lace through the loop on the other side and continue to lace in a cross pattern to provide more support to the metatarsus.   

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GOOD TO KNOW: The higher your shoe is, the more eyelets there are. Don't worry, this doesn't change the lacing techniques! Simply thread the laces from the bottom to the top. The remaining eyelets on the top of your shoe should be laced in the classic left-to-right cross pattern to provide more support and strength to the ankles.

CAUTION: Some lacing techniques require longer laces.

 

 

Knot

 

How do you tie your shoelaces for a walk?

If you're going for a long walk, take the time to tie your laces properly. This way you avoid having to stop to loosen or tighten them.

 

 

 

 

7 steps to tie your shoelaces for a walk:

           

 

 

  • Put on your shoes, make sure your feet are on the ground - heel to heel -  and spread your toes.
  • Make sure the tongue of your shoes fits snugly around your ankle and shin, and that it is not bent.
  • Tighten your laces from the bottom to the top, not too loosely or too tightly. Your feet should not slip, but they should not be compressed either.
  • Do you have category A-mid or B shoes? If so, don't forget to use the metal clip in the middle of the tongue when you tighten your laces.
  • Tie a knot and loop in your laces. Your laces will loosen less quickly if you loop the end of the lace a second time. Plus, a double loop gives you a better grip. You're ready to go!     
  • Feel your laces coming undone? Tighten them up. The new laces are still very strong. Even when you start a long run, it can be more comfortable to tighten your laces.
  • Your hike is over, but you don't have a chance to take your shoes off yet (for example, because you have to get on the train or plane first)? Loosen your laces or change your hiking boots for a lighter, more flexible pair.

 

 

 

DON'T: Take off your shoes halfway through your walk. As you walk, your feet get warmer, so they will expand once you take your shoes off. It will be harder to put them back on.

To do: cool your feet in a mountain spring during your hike.

The cold water neutralizes the swelling and your feet will feel fresh again! Make sure they are dry before putting on your shoes and always put on a pair of dry socks to avoid blisters.

 

 

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