How to Tie Hiking Boots

How to Tie Hiking Boots
Hiking Boot Advice

Most of us master the art of tying shoelaces when in school, but when it comes to hiking boots it’s a different game altogether. While some people only make the transition from elementary school shoes to office shoes, those born with wanderlust won’t let any opportunity pass by to get into their hiking boots. If that sounds like you then it’s important that you know how to tie hiking boots properly.

When tying your boots, you need to make sure that you get a snug fit so that your foot doesn’t move or slip inside. If your foot is not securely fastened, it will rub against the inner lining of the shoe and cause blisters. So, making the rights twists and turns while tying the knot can actually save you from much discomfort. It can make your hiking trip more enjoyable and less painful.

Here are a few quick methods that you can try to tie your hiking boots the next time you plan to tread off the pavement.

Overhand knot

This is the simplest and most common method of tying hiking boots. It enables you to lock tension under the knot. To do this, you need to take the two laces and cross them one over the other. Now, create a loop beneath the crisscross shape you just made, and then pull the ends in opposite directions. This gives you a loop and can do all the lacing below it. Tie it up the way you like and you are ready to go!

Parallel lacing technique

In this method you don’t crisscross the laces through the eyelets. Instead you create a parallel pattern to relieve the pressure from the top of the foot. This method of tying laces helps in breaking-in the new boots with less pressure on your feet. It saves your feet from getting painful blisters from new shoes.

Making the Surgeon’s knot

This is another popular method of tying hiking boots; however, it gives you a more secure fit than the overhand knot. To create a surgeon’s knot, you need to follow the same process of making the overhand knot and then loop the lace one more time beneath it. With this extra loop, you will be able to create more tension and lock your feet in a more secure and reliable manner.

You may use the Surgeon’s Knot style to tie the lace after creating a loop around each hook. However, you need to be careful to leave a breathable space between each knot to ensure that you don’t hamper blood circulation.

Quick-Pull Knot

In some hiking boots such as the La Sportiva Synthesis, you get a different kind of pull-cord lacing system. To tie laces in this style, you need to first create a loop around the lace hook and then pull it to fasten your feet securely. This is an easy and quick system to tie your hiking boots. If you are someone who hates the job of tying laces, look for a boot that features this system.

The Heel Lock

This is a simple yet critical way to tie up the laces of your boot. It also referred to as the ‘lace lock’. The specialty about this method of tying laces is that it holds your feet tightly in one place, and prevents them from sliding up and down. It also prevents the rest of your feet from sliding inside the boot.

People with narrow feet or less volume can benefit from this style as it provides a snug and secure fit. However, make sure that you don’t tighten the laces too hard or else it may hinder blood circulation, resulting in discomfort.

You can do a heel lock with the top hooks on your boot. You will find two hooks on each side in the ankle area. Tie the laces as you want until you reach those hooks. Now, instead of crisscrossing them in a traditional pattern, pull them through both of these hooks.

Now cross the laces and pull them downwards to the hook situated at the lower end and tie them securely. This heel lock method provides more support to your heel and holds it securely inside the boot.


We strongly feel that there’s no perfect standard or ideal method to tying hiking boots. The key lies in listening to what your body wants and acting accordingly. Try out the styles mentioned above and feel free to tweak changes to adapt to your unique requirements.

Now that you know how to tie hiking boots the right way, put them on and get ready for your next outdoor adventure!