We all know how important it is to keep a pair of quality hiking shoes or boots clean of the small/fine sand and dirt that accumulates under the laces. This fine sand cuts into the leather over time and will eventually cause some damage, so I always remove the laces when cleaning my boots.
Have you ever had shoelaces that are just too long? You can’t cut off the factory ends (aglets), because then you’ll struggle when relacing your boots. A good solution is to lace and tie the boot at a reasonable length, then pull the excess back out through the eyelets nearest the toe. Find the center of the shoelace and cut it in the middle. Tie a knot to join them back together, and cut off the excess. Now the shoelace is custom fit to your boot. The shoelace can be taken out to clean the boot, and reinstalled easily without damaging the factory ends.