Boot Laces Too Long?

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.

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  1. Kees van Weel April 12, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    The other good thing is that now you have a knot in the center of the lace so it doesn’t accidentally get tightened more on one side which can end up with much more lace on one side and not enough on the other. I usually tie a knot in the middle whenever I put a new lace in boots or shoes, just for this reason.

  2. Dennis Vore April 12, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    You don’t need to cut lace, just tie a loop knot in the middle of lace.

  3. Curtiss Cardinal April 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Why not just buy replacement laces the correct length?

  4. Steve C April 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I just started doing this when one of my lace broke. It works well!

  5. Jack April 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Better yet, tie an overhand in the center of the lace as recommended by Kees, lace the boots, then wrap the excess around the boots and secure with a square knot. Bows can snag in the brush. The running ends can be wound about the wraps. The extra length of lace could come in handy.

  6. Tim Roberts April 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Possibly, just my opinion, but boot laces can never be too long! That extra lace can be wrapped around the top of the boot, or just tied shorter by making more overhand knots in the “bunny ears”! Many a times in the field the extra length on a boot lace has come in handy, tying a tag on an animal, fixing a broken pack strap, etc.

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