Whether you’re going for a casual hike, bushwalking through a national park or taking on a mountain, there are different ways to lace your hiking boots to optimise their performance and comfort.
Reducing Top-of-Foot Pressure:
If you have a high instep or simply pain across the top of your foot then this is the one for you.
- This technique can also be beneficial for long descents, where we aggressively flex our foot inside the boot.
- It is important to note that the ‘window’ can be moved one eyelet down if your foot pressure tends to be lower.
This is an alternative to the first technique as it removes pressure from the top of your foot – something that can occur when breaking in new shoes.
Heel Lock Technique:
This technique is ideal if you’re prone to heel slip or blisters, or you simply need extra support when hiking up or down hills where the heel can be subjected to high forces. However, it does mean that your shoes will be a bit trickier to take off, as you need to properly loosen the laces.