Do you find the heel of your hiking boot slipping? Perhaps you have a narrow heel, or perhaps you just need to lace your boots in a different way. As someone with a narrow heel, I have found two ways to down lace my hiking boots that help them from slipping. In this video I explain both ways, and below the video, I have included picture instructions to help you with your lacing. If you are a runner, you may recognize my second technique as it is very similar to how many runners lace their shoes.
The first technique has your final bow below your second eyelet. I use this technique more for taller hiking boots like my winter ones, as seen in the video. With a taller boot, if you lace normally you have your nice tight bow further away from your ankle. Even if you try to pull tight around your eyelets you tend to have more movement around the ankle with your bow at the top. Getting the bow closer to the ankle helps with a nice fit to lock your heel in.
Technique #2 – Similar to the Runner’s Loop Lacing Technique
The second technique has your final bow between your first and second eyelets. I always use this for my mid-height hiking boots. It locks my ankle in nicely for hiking up and down trails.