How to Tie Work Boots in 3 Different Ways

How to Tie Work Boots in 3 Different Ways

There is no single best way to tie work boots, because it really depends on your preference. In this guide we’re going to show you some of the most efficient lacing methods about how to tie work boots so your work boots offer support and are comfortable.

The Diagonal Lace Method

  1. If your work boots didn’t come with suitable laces, buy a pair that’s suitable for them.
  2. Start lacing in a criss-cross manner, beginning from the bottom. Insert the lace through the boot eyelets. Pull the laces as far up as possible until you’ve evened the tips. For the typical lacing method you don’t string the laces over, but into the eyelets.
  3. Cross the lace above the tongue in a diagonal manner. Keep lacing, and insert one side prior to the other until you reach the top of your boots.
  4. Continue lacing until your reach the top of your boots. Keep the final eyelet pair empty if you want your work boots a little loose. Tie the laces and you’re done.

The Army Technique

  1. If the eyelet pairs end in an odd number, thread the lace across the eyelet bottoms straight, outside in.
  2. If the eyelet pairs are an even number, thread inside and pull.
  3. Grab one end of the laces and diagonally run it into the succeeding eyelet. For the other eyelet pair near the bottom, lace in a manner similar to the criss-cross method. Repeat until you get to the end of the laces.
  4. Vertically run the laces into the succeeding eyelet. Do this by moving outside in. Done properly, there should be a horizontal part of your laces along the eyelet’s bottom, two laces vertically running through the eyelets.
  5. Continue with the vertical and diagonal lacing technique until you get to the top. Just keep alternating between the diagonal lacing and vertical over the top. Always maintain the order, i.e. if you go left over right or right over left, keep doing it.
  6. At the end, your laces end up in your work boots. Once you reach the top, you can tuck in the laces or tie it bow-like similar to the criss-cross method. If there is sufficient lace left, you can wrap the laces and knot them.

The Ladder Lace Technique

  1. This method is most effective for high boots with plenty of eyelets.
  2. Run your laces along the bottom eyelets in a straight manner. Begin the same way as you do for diagonal lacing. Run the lace below the bottom eyelet so your laces are not inside your boots.
  3. Place the laces in the succeeding eyelets. Each end should be vertically run into the succeeding eyelet. Since you’re going outside in, your laces end up in the work boots.
  4. Cross the laces above tongue, i.e. set the lace below the lace section that vertically joins the eyelets. You’re not threading in the eyelet, as you’re horizontally running the lace. Instead of eyelet threading, you thread into the part of the vertical lace that is not inside your boot.
  5. Repeat the above for the ends of both laces.
  6. Keep going straight up and thread the next eyelet. Bring the lace from under the eyelet over the one under it. From the outside in, insert the lace. Repeat this process on either side of your boots prior to horizontally running the lace across and under.
  7. Keep inserting the laces using the same method, and bring the ends under. Keep doing this until you reach the top. Tie your boots.

Lacing Tips for Narrow Feet

This is a variant of the segmented lacing method.

  1. You start from around three eyelets up and commence to the bottom.
  2. If there’s a gaiter catch in your boots, the laces have to be looped in prior to putting the lace in the next eyelet.
  3. When you take off your walking boots, this part of the lacing doesn’t have to be removed. This provides some assurance your boots maintain the tightness.

Tips and Suggestions

  • There’s no need to master different methods of tying your boots. If you’re comfortable with one method, stick with it.
  • Make sure you’ve got the right pair of laces for your work boots. The lace length is determined by the number of holes in your boots.
  • If there are 10 holes in your boots, a 72 inch lace is necessary.
  • For 9 hole work boots, get a 63 inch lace. A 54 inch lace is suitable for an 8 hole work boot.
  • 6 holes will require a lace 40 to 45 inches long.
  • A 36 inch lace is for work boots with 5 or 6 holes.
  • Always strive for consistency when tying laces. Whether you’re going left to right or right to left, stick with it.
  • Reverse the crossovers if you want a symmetrical look for your work boots.
  • Avoid the slip knot look when tying your boots, i.e. sitting crooked. These are not only unsightly but often come loose. If your laces are properly tied, it is going to sit straight and remain steady on your boots.
  • Keep practicing and make sure the tie is secure.
  • There is no such thing as perfect fitting boots right out of the box, unless they’ve been custom made. However you can compensate for this by using the right lacing methods.
  • Lacing gives you an idea of how to make your work boots comfortable. However your insoles and the socks you wear affect the fitting as well. The heavier and stiffer your boots are, the more important lacing is going to be.


It’s not hard to figure out how to lace work boots, and as we have shown here, there are different methods you can use. As we mentioned in the beginning of this guide, there is no technique that’s superior to the other. The best approach is to try all the methods of lacing Work Boots and settle on the one you’re most comfortable with.