Whether you’ve just unboxed a new pair of Timberland boots or simply want to level up your laces on an old pair, how
you lace your boots can make (or break) your look. From the standard criss-cross method to the toe relief lacing method,
lacing your boots is an adventure in itself.
If you’re wondering how to tie boot laces or how to tie boots with lace hooks, Timberland has got you covered. Let’s
explore how to lace your new boots before you head out on your next trip.
How long are boot laces?
The length of boot laces depends on the number of eyelet pairs, or holes, in the boot. Generally, you need 36-inch laces
for boots with 4 eyelets, 45-inch laces for those with 6 eyelets, and 54-inch laces for those with 7 eyelets. The longest
laces are 63 inches for boots with 8 eyelets.
From the standard criss-cross method to the toe relief lacing method, lacing your boots is an adventure in itself.
Timberland boots are so durable, they can outlive their original laces. That’s why we engineered spare laces that are
designed for long-lasting performance. Our 47-Inch Replacement
Boot Laces are ideal for hikers or boots with up to seven eyelets. For boots with up to nine eyelets, you’ll be better
off with the 63-Inch Replacement Boot Laces.
How to tie Timberland boots
There are a number of ways to lace and tie your Timberland boots. Try criss-cross lacing if you’re working in your boots,
but looser lacing techniques are better for a more casual look. Whatever style you choose, tying your Timberlands is simple
with a bit of advanced knowledge.
First, let’s focus on the standard criss-cross method. While the below applies to boots with eyelets, the same strategy
applies when learning how to lace boots with hooks. Here’s how to straight lace boots the old-fashioned way:
- Step 1: Start with the bottom eyelets: We recommend threading the lace through the two bottom eyelets from the outside. Once the laces come out from under the eyelets, you’ll be ready to thread upwards.
- Step 2: Cross each lace from inside to outside: Thread each lace across and up to one eyelet. Be sure to pull the laces from under the eyelet outwards.
- Step 3: Repeat as needed: Continue crisscrossing the laces until you get to the top of the boot. Then, double knot your laces before you hit the trail.
How to lace hiking boots
When it comes to how to tie boot laces, the key is consistency and precision. A new lacing technique can improve your comfort, relieve stress on the heel or top of your foot, and switch up your style.
If you’re new to lacing up boots, you can’t go wrong with the classic criss-cross method.
The secret to learning how to tie hiking boots is running the lace firmly and securely through each eyelet. Plus, be sure to pick the right method for your needs. If your heel locks or is prone to slipping, try tying a surgeon’s knot. Window lacing involves unlacing desert boots just below the pressure point and can help alleviate pressure points down to the leather sole of the boot.
If you’re wondering how to lace chukka boots, we recommend wearing chukka boots with straight laces for added style points. Before you tackle your next trailhead, try an overhand knot to ensure your laces don’t unravel along the way.
How to ladder lace boots
The ladder lace pattern offers optimal support and is a technique often used by paratroopers and soldiers alike. True to its name, the ladder-like appearance of this military boot style serves to expertly lock the lace in place. This reduces the chance of loose laces with extended use.
Similar to bar lacing, ladder laces create the illusion of ladder steps from the base of the boot to the top. Ideal for the perpetual traveler, the ladder lacing technique also ensures you can tighten your laces efficiently while on the move.
Here’s how to ladder lace your boots:
- Step 1: Bottom’s Up: Like the criss-cross technique, start by threading the lace straight across the two bottommost eyelets from inside to outside.
- Step 2: Go Right: Take the right lace and go straight up to the next eyelet on the same side and pull it through outwards. Then navigate to the eyelet directly across to the left from outside to inside.
- Step 3: Then, go left: Repeat Step two on the left side, and make sure you thread the lace underneath the right lace and through the next eyelet up.
- Step 4: Repeat as needed: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you get to the tongue of the boot.
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Now that you know how to lace Timberland boots don’t hesitate to make them your own. Shop Timberland bestsellers today before you get going. Then, summit your next peak in style.