how to … lace field boots

Sometimes with lifestyle, there is a little more life and a little less style. That’s where I’m at this week (but thats okay!)

There comes a time in every rider’s life when your perfectly good boots snap a lace. This leaves you with no other choice than to re-lace your boots (unless you just toss your boots and get a new pair, in which case…please reply to this post and tell me where you work, I’d like to apply for a job there).

I had been using the elastic laces that came with my boots up until this point. Personally, I’m a fan of actual laces. I like how they can be adjusted to get the perfect fit. I also found more options out there for replacement laces than I did elastic and they’re quite inexpensive; I added on a pair to an order from State Line Tack for less than $2! I didn’t mind the elastic, but this seemed like a great opportunity to switch back to laces.

Below is a step by step guide to walk you through re-lacing your boots. Have fun!!

Step 1 – Get the right laces. Read the description of what you’re getting. The first pair of laces I got off of amazon were named “Field Boot Laces”, but when I got them they were definitely paddock boot laces. I usually lace my boots pretty tights and have smaller ankles/boots. I do know a lot of people recommend 45″ laces, but I ultimately got 35″ field boot laces and they worked out perfectly for me.


Step 2 – This step is optional, but I would suggest cleaning your boots first. Especially if you’re going to be doing this in your house like I did ! Having no laces on your boots makes is super convenient to clean some of those hard to reach places where the boot is usually laced.

Step 3 – Now you’re, ready to go. Start by taking the lace and threading the top eyelet from the under side of the boot so that the lace sticks up, out of the top. Take the lace and bring it diagonally across to the bottom eyelet on the opposite side, again threading from underneath. Take the time to even out your laces here, so that way at the end you don’t end up having one side way longer than the other.


Step 4 – Once you have both ends of the laces through the first set of holes, take each end and bring it straight over to the other side of the boot. Thread the eyelet from the top this time. I usually start with the bottom lace then immediately do the same with the top lace. I like to make sure the laces are staying about the same length and are always ending on opposites sides of the boot in the same direction.


Step 5 – Crisscross. Find the opposite hole (one notch up). Thread the lace from underneath again this time. Like before, I do either the top or bottom and then the next immediately after to make sure I’m still on the right track.


Repeat Steps 4 & 5 until you come to the middle of the boot



Step 6 – Adjustment is everything. I tend to pull the laces tight as I go, because I know I like my laces pretty snug. Once everything is in place, I put the boot on to get them just right before tying them.


2 thoughts on “how to … lace field boots

  1. anne leueen says:

    Wow! I had no idea it was this intricate. As a dressage rider I do not have any laces. But I have often thought that lace up boots look more comfortable than dressage boots. I suspect they are or at least are easier to break in. Thanks for this information.


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