Hiking Boots Lacing Tips And Techniques For Perfect Fitting
We don't love it if there was such a thing as a perfect fit with a pair of hiking shoes, but we know that's not really the case so I'm going to show you some lacing techniques today to help make that shoe fit a little bit better and hold your foot in place.
Everybody has different shapes and volumes in their feet, not one single lacing system or technique is going to work for everyone.
Low Ankles And High Ankles
If you have a lower volume foot or a low archs, you may be able to use techniques that put pressure and tension over the top of the foot.
However, if you have a high arch or a very high volume foot that may not work for you it may put a little too much pressure and restrict circulation, and there may be other techniques that you can use to working around that.
Here's how to do it:
- So first, just kind of a general double overhand knot and to show you, is that start to tie your boot like you would start to tie lace.
- Go underneath a third time and pull that tight it's kind of a lock lace so there it's holding tension on its own.
- Without a knot being behind it or me holding it and you're going to be able to kind of lock the section of the shoe off from this section so you can almost tension here and here differently by using something like this.
- This double overhand knot can be used maybe down here right at the base if you wanted to you can lock it in here the low part of the ankle or even at the very top where you're tying the knot off.
So let's say you wanted to really secure your ankle in the back of the boot.
This is what most people are looking for most of the time because you either have a that's maybe a little too long for you and your foot sliding forward it's banging the front of the boot.
It's really annoying because it is giving you that black toe or a sore toe or maybe the shoe is a little too short and your toes already set at the front of the boot and you want to hold that ankle tooth and your foot to the back of the boot to prevent it from pressing against the front of the shoe.
To do this, simply follow:
- So if this is comfortable for you you can start with that double overhand knot, kind of lock off some tension through here make sure you do leave enough you know fluidy or movement to the laces here for the rest of your foot to be comfortable.
- The second part of this gets a little trickier especially with if you have like I do on this boot a speed lacing system where the the lace moves in and out freely, I'm not gonna be able to secure it there on its own very well.
- So you would start by going through both speed laces on both sides, So you basically kind of skipped eyelets.
- Then you're going to take your laces cross over like that on the other side we're going to do the exact same thing.
- We're tucking that lace underneath the long lace that's coming up between the top two eyelets or speed locks.
- Kind of makes this web system now if you watch when I pull this it's pulling from here and here so you've got top and a bottom point that are pulling into a central more of a central location extend that really snugs the ankle that boot up on me.
- I would do another one of those double over hands pull this tight to get that tension and then put that knot behind it it's going to give me a little bit of help holding that tension there so I can tie a knot without losing that tight knit for extra backup I always put a double knot in things and that really secures your ankle to the back of the boot.
It's going to be more difficult for your foot to slide forward to move around and get that toe banging going on, it also will help prevent slippage here it makes it more difficult for your foot to rise in and out of the boot in the back because you've created a lot more pressure here in tension that's holding that in.
Pressure On Top Of Foot
So let's say that if you're having problems with pressure on top of your foot or your feet swell especially after your hike or you feel like your shoe is just not quite wide enough you're looking for a little bit more a way to get a little bit more width out of it.
A great option would be to you can see here I've already unlaced the boot and then released it back through these three eyelets just running them up the side so we're basically skipping a lot of back and forth.
You could go ahead you could do that double overhand lace lock here. Then you can go about lace your boot up the same rest away you could you could use those other techniques.
If you lock your ankle and as well but the nice thing here is that it basically gives the top of the forefoot here a little bit of room to breathe and expand through there. If you have a high arch I know this this technique works very well or just a high volume foot it and you might find this to be a lot more comfortable.
Keep in mind when you're using different lacing techniques is that it when you do skip eyelets or you loosen the boot in different places, you may lose the ability to attach that boot as securely to your foot.
You need to find what works for you and remember that there isn't any constant rule you must lace your boot this way there are a lot of different techniques out there find one that works for you and hopefully your feet will be more comfortable you.
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