4 Ways to Lace Work Boots
July 14, 2023Jul 14, 2023
5 MIN READ gear tips working better
How much thought do you give to how your work boots are laced? Most boots come standard with what’s called criss-cross lacing. It’s a straightforward lacing method that allows for quick lace up and reasonably smooth tensioning. But there are other ways to lace your boots that can affect comfort, security of fit, ease of tensioning, or simply the overall look of your boots.
Here are our top four work boot lacing methods. They might take more time to lace up initially, but each method has its own advantages.
The X-lace method is a simple variation on standard criss-cross lacing. It reduces lace friction, so you can easily open your boot and slide in your foot. Tension throughout the lace system can be increased or decreased using just the ends of the upper laces.
The main difference from a standard criss-cross lacing pattern is the process. Rather than feeding the lace ends through each eyelet from the inside, the X-lace method alternates between feeding from the inside and feeding from the outside. The result is a clean X pattern that works well with most leather work boots.
Step-by-Step X-Lacing Instructions
If an extra-secure fit and even tension is what you’re after, ladder lacing locks the laces in place. The extra security of ladder lacing means it’s more difficult to adjust. But once you have it adjusted, the lacing holds tension evenly for a snug fit that doesn’t loosen over the course of the day. This process can be used on boots of any height, but is a popular method for using on taller boots, such as the men’s and women’s Cincinnati 8” work boots.
Step-by-Step Ladder Lacing Instructions
As the name implies, army lacing is a popular lacing method for combat boots. It provides secure tension that improves the overall comfort of a tall, stiff boot like those worn in the military. Army lacing is not as secure as ladder lacing, but it lets the boot flex more naturally by crossing the laces under the upper.
Step-by-Step Army Lacing Instructions
You can dress up your work boots with the hidden lace style of the bar-lacing pattern. It creates a clean look and secure, even tension. It works well with any boot or shoe, but is more difficult to adjust than more traditional lacing methods. Once adjusted, it maintains even tension and a secure fit.
Step-by-Step Bar Lacing Instructions
Bar lacing works best for boots with an even number of eyelet pairs. If your boots have an odd number of eyelet pairs, the pattern will not finish. You can resolve the problem by adding a single diagonal crossing at some point in the lace pattern, but this results in a visible crossover. Alternately, you can cross the lace and use the next eyelet up, from the inside to the outside. This creates a double bar at one of the crossings, but it also maintains a clean look.
Trying out a new lacing method is an opportunity to customize the fit and feel of your work boots. Whether you’re looking for a more secure fit or want to reduce lace friction for easy on-and-off, there is a lacing method to match your needs.