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How to Lace Work Boots to Ensure Safety and Comfort of Your Feet

By Dimi | Tips

By learning how to lace your work boots properly you can ensure the safety and comfort of your feet and yourself at the job, and can also save time for lacing and unlacing them over and over again each time you put them on or take them off.

Lacing your work footwear inappropriately can cause your laces to get loosened and untied, which can be a safety hazard. We’ve talked how to keep your shoe strings tied before, but as this is important, we really wanted to delve deeply into the topic. You can trip on your laces, or they can get dangled in machines you work with, which is something you can easily avoid if you follow these tips and methods for proper tying the laces of your work boots.

Boot lacing methods

The Heel Lock lace tying method

This lace tying method is particularly suitable if you often get heel blisters when wearing your work shoes. This usually occurs when your job requires a lot of movements and walking, and the heel lift up and rubs into the inners of your boots with each step you take. This friction can easily lead to painful blistering on the back sides of the feet. The heel lock tying method can put an end to this suffering. This technique involves tying the laces of your work boots side to side rather than by using the common diagonal lacing method. This enables you to create somewhat of a mini pulley system which allows you to regulate the tightness in the different parts of the boot, and to keep the heels steady into place at all times. The heel lock method uses the open hooks on the sides of all kinds of boots and is suitable to fix the heels in place even in the least flexible and toughest boots. The heel lock lacing method is suitable for any type of footwear which causes your heels to lift, get rubbed into the inners and causes discomfort and blisters on the back of the feet.

Use a surgeons knot for lacing up your footwear

This lacing type is very suitable for work boots which need tightening or loosening at specific places only. This knotting system includes making not one typical overhand loop, but to do it two or three times in order to create a proper lock. It enables you to isolate only some parts of the laces, so you can regulate which parts are tighter and which are looser depending on the fit and on your needs. The surgeons lock is great if you have soreness in a part of your foot. You can tighten the laces below it, and then use the surgeons knot to lock the spot and loosen the laces above it to alleviate the pressure and the pain.

The lacing windows tying system

This lacing method involves tying the laces vertically rather than diagonally. You just use the next higher eyelet to thread the lace. This allows you to create gaps which are especially helpful if you are experience soreness in the upper parts of the feet. It is also perfect for people who have high arches or sore upper feet.

The Spider web lace tying method

This lacing technique looks great, and it also allows for proper securing of your feet inside your work boots. To do the spider web lacing, you need to start from the eyelet which is second to the bottom part of the boots. Start threading the laces horizontally from the inner side. When you are done, go back to the bottom eyelets and thread them in by avoiding getting them crossed over. You need to tuck them under the vertical line and then move from the out towards the middle. Then cross over and thread the laces into the next eyelets. Continue until you reach the top eyelets and just tie your laces as you would normally do at the end.

Additional lacing tips

In order to keep the lacing look good and neat, make certain that you keep the direction of the lacing the same, for example always cross the left over the right lace or vice versa. To create a symmetrical look between the two boots follow the opposite crossing direction for the other boot when lacing it. Always make sure that the knots are straight and secure which not only looks good but is a sign that the boots are tied correctly and safely.

In conclusion

Little things like the way you lace and tie your work boots can make a huge difference for your overall comfort, safety, injury prevention and you will look good too. Ensure that you are at your best during the work day by learning how to tie your work boots appropriately! Your feet will thank you at the end of the day, and so will your employer, because the better and more comfortable and safe you feel – the better your productivity at your job will be!