Boot Tying to Prevent Blisters

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Heel-Lock Lacing

This lacing technique locks your boot in place and prevents it from slipping at the heel. Here are the steps for how to tie a heel lock:

  1. Begin by lacing your boot normally with the criss cross method, but make sure to leave the last two pairs of eyelets open. These are located closest to the top of your boot at the ankle.
  2. Tie a double overhand knot below the two pairs of remaining eyelets.
  3. Take the lace on the right-hand side and thread it through the two available eyelets also located on the right-hand side of the boot.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the left-hand side.
  5. Take the lace on the right-hand side and cross it over the boot, through the new space created under the lace on the left-hand side. This space is located in between the two eyelets closest to the top of the boot.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the left lace.
  7. Pull the laces taught, in an upward direction to secure the area around the ankle.
  8. Tie another overhand knot.
  9. Tie a bow with a double knot or tie a secure knot of your choice.

No matter how hard you try to avoid them, blisters always seem to happen when wearing boots for an extended period of time. They can quite literally be a pain and add unwanted frustration to your day. Aside from the ankle, the most common area to experience a foot blister is on the heel. If heel-lock lacing doesn't seem to do the trick, try the surgeon's knot, toe-relief lacing, or window lacing. You're sure to find one technique that works well for you.


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