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Lacing up your boots
July 29, 2013 03:59PM
Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! What do you do with that extra boot lace? I started tying his into double knots, putting a half-hitch into my loops, but they were still too long. Then I tied loops in my loops. That worked…but seemed ridiculous.

Now it must be said that I once played semi-pro sports, and I am well acquainted with the traditions of tying your laces in various ways for good luck, better performance, or silly stylistic affectations. Still, these are ridiculous.

So one morning I noticed that the laces were beginning to wear out---right at the knot. So I slid the laces around until I had just enough to tie a decent knot on one side, then pulled the excess through on the other side. It turned out to be about 20 inches long, so I chopped it off and tossed it into my pack. My boots and laces work just fine now.

Sounds like a plan.



Balzaccom

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/29/2013 04:01PM by balzaccom.
avatar Re: Lacing up your boots
July 29, 2013 04:52PM
Do you have narrow feet? Do you use all the boot's eyelets when lacing up?

I ask, because I don't have any issues with my boots about the laces being too long. In fact, they're sometimes a bit short if I lace them through all the eyelets that the boot has.

Which brand of boots do you have?

I have boots from Merrell, North Face and HiTech, and also approach shoes from La Sportiva. None of the laces for any of these shoes are excessively long.

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Re: Lacing up your boots
July 29, 2013 10:03PM
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plawrence
Do you have narrow feet? Do you use all the boot's eyelets when lacing up?

I ask, because I don't have any issues with my boots about the laces being too long. In fact, they're sometimes a bit short if I lace them through all the eyelets that the boot has.

Which brand of boots do you have?

I have boots from Merrell, North Face and HiTech, and also approach shoes from La Sportiva. None of the laces for any of these shoes are excessively long.

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Normal feet. Hitech boots, among others.



Balzaccom

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Re: Lacing up your boots
July 29, 2013 07:14PM
I guess it depends on the boots. I have had some pairs that are like yours and then others that I only have to double knot them. I have wide feet so that does not explain it. I have also noticed that men's boots tend to have longer laces than women's but have no idea why.
avatar Re: Lacing up your boots
July 29, 2013 07:46PM
The manufacturer saves time, money, and storage space by ordering only a few stock sizes of laces.
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