With boots for walking and working, it’s best to lace them up in a criss-cross pattern, as this tightens the boots at angles for uniform tightness, and it’s easy to get them on and off. Lacing them over-over-under-under (rather than over-under-over-under) minimises stress on the lace itself, reducing the chances of it wearing and snapping. You know you’ve done it correctly if you see a series of X’s on top rather than looping, criss-crossing diagonals going over and under each crossing.
How do you lace dress boots?
Most people prefer a neat appearance on dress boots, so often straight bar lacing is used. That’s where every row has the lace reaching straight across on the visible side, with all the diagonal lengths being hidden underneath. There are several ways to achieve straight lacing.
The simplest way is to feed one end so it emerges at the top left and runs all the way to the bottom left on the same side underneath. Then bring the lace out at eyelet 1, cross to 1 on the right, go under, and come out again at 2 on the right. Then it’s across to 2 on the left, go in, and come out at 3 on the left, and so on.