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June 02, 2006

Tighten Up: How bad laces can undermine a good pair of boots

Laces I despise cheap bootlaces. They don’t stay tied, they stretch and fray, and you can barely tie them securely if they get wet. It’s criminal how many companies have gone to soft, cheap bootlaces to save a few cents.

A bad bootlace feels thick, is kind of squishy, and develops fine fray stubble within a couple of uses. I wouldn’t be so irritated about them except that I have several pairs of $160 boots that have loser laces. 

Some of my darker laced boots are Wolverines, Muck Leather (I love my Muck Leather boots except for the laces), LaCrosse leather and pac boots, Redhead, and some Rockys.

Good laces come on Danners, Russells (for $300 the laces had better kick ass), most Cabela’s, LL Beans, Irish Setters, and Filsons.

You can get a great pair of bootlaces from Cabela’s in lengths that will lace a pair of 12-inch boots for $1.95. http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jhtml?id=0022282810898a&navCount=0&cmCat=srchdx&cm_ven=srchdx&cm_ite=srchdx&CM_REF=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fsearch%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3Dboot%2Blaces%26btnG%3DGoogle%2BSearch

Always order a few extra pairs, as they’re great in emergencies. Hit the comment bar and tell us if bootlaces have ever helped you out of a jam.


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