On the go The right way to lace

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Each of us has been taught the trick, and we use it virtually every day of our lives: tying a shoelace. We usually do not have to think twice about it. What can be so special about tying the laces of hiking boots?

One reason is that the right type of support is much more important in your hiking boots than it is in your everyday footwear. Hiking boots must fit well and tightly to ensure that you have the support you need. Tripping on exposed trails can quickly result in a dangerous situation. There is really nothing new about it: You are more likely to trip if you are wearing loose boots!

Of course, you should not tie your boots too tightly either. You certainly do not want to strangle your feet. The key point to remember is: The tongue must be located in the middle. You should also retie your boots 30 minutes to 45 minutes after you start because the exertion of the hike will cause your feet to swell and become wider. And the material and laces loosen somewhat as well.

If your boot should begin to pinch your feet, you should try a different tying technique.

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    Toe-free lacing
    You can take pressure off the tips of your toes by using a toe-free lacing system.

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    Heel-support lacing
    You can prevent heel slippage and blisters by using the heel-support lacing technique.

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    Window lacing
    You can increase the pressure on the upper foot area by using the window-lacing technique.


“The modern shoelaces used in moun­tain­eering outdoor boots have a water-repellent coating. This treatment prevents the laces from absorbing moisture and trans­porting it into the boot itself. For this reason, though, they are somewhat more slippery – partic­ularly when they are new.”

Arthur | LOWA Manager Service Department