How to Lace Tactical Boots

Getting the right pair of tactical boots is one thing, lacing them properly so that you still feel comfortable (see more at and safe is the another matter.

You want support and comfort from your tactical boots, without sacrificing on their looks, though. There are so many ways to lace your tactical boots, and you can have your pick from our selection too.

However, some general rules still apply and taking a good look at them is going to be helpful, for sure.

The common methods for lacing your tactical boots

The diversity of patterns for lacing your tactical boots is more impressive than you may think, some of the ways impressing with their aesthetic, whereas as defeat the opponents with the support and safety they provide. The dress code, your job, needs and skills are going to decide which way to go when lacing up your tactical boots.

Here are some of the most well-known lacing methods:

  • Straight-bar lacing

This method is going to make the laces seem horizontally parallel all the way up to the boots. The looks are neat and it’s easy to tighten the laces. However, the support for the foot and ankle isn’t great.

  • Army lacing

Many working in the military forces are using this method. As you keep crosses on the inside, the risk for the laces to snag is minimized, which gives the sides of the shoes plenty of flexibility. Keep in mind that this method doesn’t provide the highest support.

  • Criss-cross lacing

This is the standard diagonal lacing pattern that you see mostly of the sneakers and common boots. It’s easy to adjust for creating various and interesting designs though. If you’re aiming for a more uniform appearance, you may want to cross same side on top every single time. This way you get the “over-under lacing”.

  • Ladder lacing

if you’re looking for stability and support, the ladder lacing should be your first option. It looks like a ladder and makes a great impression, while offering sturdy support too. It’s rather sophisticated and you may need long laces, but it makes the tactical boots look amazing. Paratroopers like a lot this method as it’s both supportive and time saving, especially when you’re on the run.

The ladder lace- step by step

This is the most popular method for the tactical boots and lacing combat as it creates high support for your ankles and feet. As it’s not an easy way to lace up your tactical boots, a learning curve is to be expected.

First thing first, make sure your laces are long enough to ladder lace them. Also, practice until you master the method with some used laces. If you’re having your tactical boots for some time, you can try on them.

Here’s an instructional video on how to do it:

  1. Begin with the bottommost eyelets on one boot.
  2. Run a lace across the inside of the bottom row of eyelets. Make sure you pull the ends evenly upward the sides.
  3. Pull the end of each lace to the vertical right above it. Use a gentle move and continue by pushing in each end.
  4. Keep on crossing each end and over the tongue of your boot, to the other side.
  5. You don’t want to pull the ends right the way through the opposite side’s eyelet. Thread each lace under the vertical part as the other lace created.
  6. Pull every lace for tightening a secure hold. Continue by threading each end into the highest vertical eyelet (the very next one).
  7. Go through the last 2 steps once again, until the laces go through all the eyelets. Use the same pattern (left over right or right over left) when you’re passing the laces over the tongue. You’re going to get a uniform appearance like this.
  8. Tie the knot on the inside of the boot once you get to the top. You may also thread the laces under the opposite side’s last vertical part, for even better tightening.
  9. A square knot is going to minimize the risk for accidental untying. If you get a lot of excess shoelace when you’re done, you may wrap the ends around the boot at your ankle as you’re tying the knot. Hide the ends of the bow inside of your boot too.
  10. You should get a ladder look for your laces when you’re done. This method is both supportive and comfortable and doesn’t look bad at all either. Your laces aren’t going to get untied and your feet shouldn’t slip from the boots as the method checks most boxes of comfort, safety and nice looks.


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