How to Lace Work Boots? 7 Expert Methods

Don’t know how to lace work boots?  You don’t need to worry anymore, as we are going to share the best methods to lace-up boots quickly. It feels very awkward if you don’t know how to tie boots, especially if you regularly go to work. You can become late because of this problem. But, we have got your back here.

how to lace work boots

In this article, you will learn the best and quick methods for lacing up your work boots. Each method has its unique benefits; each one is suitable for different work types. We will explain each method so that you can choose any of these methods according to your work requirement. Moreover, each lace-up boot method gives a different unique look to the boots. This guide to lace work boots is useful for both boots with or without hooks. .Some methods provide extra space and some extra comfort and grip to the feet. You can even try these lace-up methods on shoes as well. Let’s discuss these methods.

7 Different Ways to Lace Your Work Boots

1- The heel lock lacing method

heel lock lace method for work boots

This method mostly suits logger boots. If you have a tough kind of outdoor job in the rough or uneven terrains, you should choose this lacing method, especially for the logger boots. You might be involved in a logger industry, or you want to go for hunting or hiking. Even if you don’t wear logger boots, but you work in an outdoor environment, you can still choose this method.

Benefits of choosing this method

This method provides a strong grip, as the laces lock the boots tightly with your ankle, providing a strong grip to the heels. This method helps keep you safe while walking or running on uneven terrains because it minimizes the movement of feet in the boots, which lowers the risk of slipping. You can stay safe from injury by using this lace-up method at your workplace.

The drawback of this technique

However, this lacing method takes a little longer time compared to other lacing methods. But, as long as you want to go for a hunt or hiking, it doesn’t matter if it takes a few seconds more.

How to perform this heel lock lace-up method on work boots?

1st Step

heel lock lacing - pass the lace from bottom eyelets

Pass the lace in the last two eyelets, as shown in this picture. Ensure the length of the lace is equal on both the left and right sides.

2nd Step

heel lock lacing - criss cross lace from eyelets

Now start to criss-cross the lace (the left side lace should pass the 2nd last eyelet of the right side, and the right lace should pass from the left side’s 2nd last eyelet.), as shown in the picture.

3rd Step

heel lock lacing - criss cross and overlay laces

Repeat the criss-cross lacing, and overlay the left and right lace over one another and pull to tie.

4th Step

heel lock lacing - tie a knot

Tie the knot here

5th Step

Now leave the 2nd and 3rd eyelets of both sides, and pass the lace from the same side’s 1st eyelets from the top, as shown in the picture.

6th Step

heel lock lace up technique for work boots - criss cross from 2nd eyelets

Criss-cross the lace from the top 2nd eyelets of both sides.

7th Step

heel lock lace work boots - criss cross from 3rd eyelets

Now, again criss-cross from the top 3rd eyelets of both sides (which we asked you to skip earlier), and pull the lace tightly.

8th Step

heel lock lacing - tie a knot again

Tie a knot there, and you will notice a tight hold on your heel, providing you a strong grip.

2- The army technique of lacing up the boots

army lace technique for work boots

This is another famous technique to tie boots, which is mainly used by army personnel. The purpose of using this method is to provide flexibility to your feet. The army personnel use this technique because their boots are made up of thick leather; this technique provides them comfort with flexibility. If you have thick leather boots and want to make them loose, this lace-up technique is perfect for you. However, if your boots are already flexible, like running shoes or sneakers, then there is no need to use this technique. It would be best if you chose any of the above or below-mentioned techniques.

Benefits of choosing this method

This technique can make your day easy by loosing up the boots. Your feet feel more comfortable in this technique. Your feet can move easily in the boots.

The drawback of this technique

This technique’s major drawback is it doesn’t provide as much ankle support as the heel-lock lacing technique. This technique is not always easy to adjust.

How to perform this lace-up army technique on work boots?

1st Step

Army Lacing - pass the lace from bottom eyelets

Start this method by passing the lace from the bottom two eyelets (left and right), as shown in the picture. Make sure the lace’s length on both sides is equal.

2nd Step

Army Lacing - pass the lace from same side eyelets

Now pass both the lace’s left and right sides from their same sides above eyelets, as shown in the picture. Lace should pass from the outside.

3rd Step

Army work boots Lace up method - criss-cross the lace

Now Criss-cross the lace (this time, lace should pass from the inside.)

4th Step

Army Lacing - the final pattern

Now repeat the 2nd Step. The lace should pass from the outside of eyelets of their same sides.

You will notice this type of lace pattern, as shown in the picture.

5th Step

Repeat the process until the lace reaches up to your ankle, and then tie the laces.

3- Ladder lacing technique

ladder lace method for work boots

This technique is perfect if you have tall boots with lots of eyelets. However, it will work on smaller boots as well. In this tutorial, we will apply the ladder lacing technique on the small boots. You will get a perfect grip with this method. To perform this method, make sure to get the long laces. Mostly the paratroopers in the US use this method, as it provides a strong grip and safety. In this method, both sides of the laces don’t cross each other while going upward.

Benefits of this technique

This technique provides a strong grip and stability while moving. If your job nature involves moving or walking all day, you will get benefit from this technique.

Drawback

This is the most time-consuming method than all others. Moreover, it isn’t easy to perform.

How to perform this ladder lace method on work boots?

1st Step

ladder lacing - pass lace from bottom outer eyelets

First, pass the lace from the outer side of both bottom eyelets (left and right.)

2nd Step

ladder lacing - pass lace from same side upper eyelet

Now pick up the right lace (A) and pass it through the same side’s upper eyelet (from inner side).

3rd Step

ladder lace up method for work boots - pass the right lace from left upper eyelet

 

Then pass the same lace (of the right side) from the outer side of the left eyelet.

4th Step

ladder lacing - pass first eyelet's lace from 3rd eyelet

 

Now pick up the lace’s left side (B) (the bottom one)  and pass it through the inner side of 3rd last eyelet of the left side.

5th Step

ladder lacing - Pass the 2nd Eyelet’s Lace From 4th Eyelet

Now pick up the (A) side (the upper one) and pass it through the left side’s 4th the last eyelet (from inner side), as shown in the picture.

6th Step

ladder lacing - slack the laces

Before you proceed further, slack the first two cords, as shown in the picture. Place one finger on both sides.

7th Step

ladder lacing - pass the 3rd left lace from 3rd right outer eyelet

Now pick up the lace from the 3rd last left eyelet and pass it through the outer side of the 3rd last right eyelet.

8th Step

ladder lacing - Pass Same Lace From Inner 5th Eyelet

Pass the same lace of 7th Step through the inner side of the 5th last right eyelet.

9th Step

ladder lace up work boots - Pass Left Lace From Outer 4th Right Eyelet

 

Now pick up the left side’s lace and pass it through the outer side of the 4th last right eyelet.

10th Step

ladder lacing - Pass Same Lace From Inner 6th Right Eyelet

Pass the same lace of 9th Step through the 6th last eyelet’s inner side, as shown in the picture.

11th Step

ladder lacing - Slack The Laces Again

Now slack the 3rd and 4th cords. Repeat the pattern for the rest of the eyelets until you pass the lace from both sides’ top 3rd eyelets.

12th Step

ladder lacing - Overlap laces over one another

Now pick up the last cord and overlap it over the 2nd, then overlap 2nd over the 3rd and 3rd over the 4th.

13th Step

ladder lacing - Pass lace from cord and then from top eyelet

Pick up the left lace, pass it through the last cord, and then pass it through the same side’s top eyelet. Do the same for the right side lace. A ladder-like pattern will be formed.

4- Criss-cross lacing method

How to criss cross lace work boots

This is the easiest basic lacing method. You don’t have to be an expert to lace your work boots with this method. You can perform this method even without guidance.

Benefits of this method

It’s very easy to perform. You can save a lot of your time with this method, as it doesn’t take time.

How to perform the criss-cross lacing method?

1st Step

criss cross lacing- pass lace from bottom eyelet

Pass the lace from both bottom eyelets (left and right).

2nd Step

criss cross lacing- insert lace in opposite eyelet

Now pass both laces’ sides from the opposite upside eyelets.

3rd Step

criss cross lace to work boots - repeat pattern

Keep on repeating the process until you reach the eyelets of the boots

4th Step

Now tie the laces here.

5- The Over-under lace method

the over under lace method

If you keep wearing and removing your boot frequently all day, this method is perfect for you. This type of lacing pattern allows you to tighten the boot laces quickly than other methods.

Benefits of this method

You can quickly and easily make shoelaces tight or loose.

How to tie work boot laces with over-under lace method?

1st Step

over under lacing - pass the lace from bottom eyelets

Pass the laces from both bottom eyelets (left and right)

2nd Step

over under lace up work boots method - pass the right lace from outerside of left eyelet

 

Now pick up the lace’s right side and pass it from the outer side of the left-upper eyelet. Do the same for the lace’s left side, as shown in the picture.

3rd Step

over under lacing - pass that lace from inside of opposite eyelet

Again take the lace’s right side and pass it from the inside of the upper-left eyelet instead of passing from outside. Do the same for lace’s left side.

4th Step

over under lacing - again pass that lace from outerside of opposite eyelet

Now, again pick up the lace’s right side and pass it from the outer side of the upper-left eyelet. Do the same for the lace’s right side.

5th Step

Again pick up the lace’s right side and pass it through the inside of the upper-left eyelet. Keep on repeating the pattern until you reach the top eyelet of the boot. A pattern over-under pattern will be formed.

6- The Ukrainian lacing method

the ukrainian lace method for work boots

 

This method involves the lace to pass from upside down, instead of bottom to up.

The drawback of this method

The top side of the lace can get loose.

How to perform the Ukrainian lacing method?

1st Step

the ukrainian lacing - pass the lace from upper two eyelets

Pass the lace from the top two eyelets (left and right), as shown in the picture.

2nd Step

the ukrainian lacing - tie a knot

Now, tie the knot of a lace.

3rd Step

the ukrainian lacing - loosen the knot

Now, loosen the knot.

4th Step

the ukrainian lacing - pass lace from downward eyelets

Pass the lace from both sides’ downward eyelets; you will see the pattern as shown in the picture.

5th Step

the ukrainian lacing - Keep doing criss cross in downward

Now keep on passing the lace from each eyelet downward in a criss-cross way until you pass it through the boots’ last eyelets.

6th Step

the ukrainian lace work boots method - tie a knot from bottom

When you reach the last eyelets, you will notice both ends of the lace are not closed. Then tie a knot of both sides to close the lace.

7th Step

the ukrainian lacing - tie a knot of upper two sides

Now tie a knot of the upper two sides of the lace, as shown in the picture.

7- The hiking biking lacing

hiking biking lace method for work boots

You may find this lace-up method unusual, but it’s one of the interesting methods to lace work boots. It’s different from the other methods, and it will give a whole new look to your boots.

How to tie work boot laces with hiking baking lace method?

1st Step

hiking biking lacing - pass the lace from same side

Pass both ends of the lace from two eyelets of the same side, as shown in the picture.

2nd Step

hiking biking lacing - pass the lace from opposite eyelets

Now pass the lace from the opposite two eyelets. Make sure to keep both lace’s sides parallel and pass it through the inside direction of eyelets.

3rd Step

hiking biking lace method for work boots - pass bottom lace from third and upper from 4th eyelet

Now pick the lace from the bottom 1st eyelet and pass it through the bottom 3rd eyelet of the same side. Pick up the lace from the bottom 2nd eyelet and pass it through the 4th bottom eyelet of the same side. Make sure to pass through the outer side of eyelets.

4th Step

hiking biking lacing - pass from the opposite eyelets

Again, pass those two ends from the opposite two eyelets, keeping the lace parallel.

5th Step

hiking biking lace method for work boots - final pattern

Keep on repeating the pattern until you pass the lace from the last two eyelets on the same side. In the end, you will see the lace pattern, as shown in the picture.

6th Step

hiking biking lacing - tie the knot

In the end, you can tie the knot of the lace. The knot will appear on the boot’s side.

Video Demo on How to Lace Work Boots?

Frequently Asked Questions

Are lace-up boots safer than slip-on?

Yes, lace-up boots provide you more stability and grip. They keep your ankle protected, and also, the chance of being slipped is low in lace-up boots. That’s why lace-up boots are safer than slip-on.

What are lace-up boots called?

Lace-up boots are given various names based upon their styles. The most common names are Derby, Blucher, and  Oxford. It is obvious from the name; these boots contain laces and eyelets. You have to tie or untie the laces while wearing or removing the boots.

What is the best way to lace work boots?

The best way depends on your work requirement. However, the criss-cross lace-up system is the simplest and easiest of all. It can suit all kinds of work needs. Just pass the lace from the bottom two eyelets of the boots (left and right). Then pass both sides of the laces to their opposite upward eyelets. Keep on repeating the pattern until you reach the last top eyelet of the boot. But it’s better to choose the lacing method according to your job nature if you want to get the lacing technique’s maximum benefit. All the techniques are mentioned-above. Scroll up the page, and follow the lace-up work boots technique, according to your job nature.

The Bottom Line

It’s pretty simple to lace up the work boots. There are various lacing techniques that you can follow. Each technique has its own benefits; you should choose the technique according to your work nature. We have discussed the seven best boot lacing techniques in detail, so you can follow the direction of your desired one. We hope you will find your required lace-up technique from this article that will be perfectly suitable for your work nature.

 

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