boot laces

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deckard
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boot laces

Post by deckard »

The laces in all the boots I own always wear away round the eyelets. Always in the same place, you're an ingenious lot, what am I doing wrong? Tried a range of different laces, I once waxed them with partial success, but they always wear pretty fast.
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ForgeCorvus
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Re: boot laces

Post by ForgeCorvus »

Its basically because you're got fibres rubbing against metal, my re-enactment shoes just have holes punched through the leather and those laces don't wear at all.

Even metal eyelets will wear the laces. The loops you show have two edges the laces rub on and that speeds up the wear more. I avoid boots with loops&hooks partly for this reason

The only option I have to suggest is well oiled/waxed leather laces
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Re: boot laces

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It's going to happen.

Try lacing a different way to avoid hotspots in the same place:

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Re: boot laces

Post by Frnc »

ForgeCorvus wrote: Fri Nov 10, 2023 4:57 pm Its basically because you're got fibres rubbing against metal, my re-enactment shoes just have holes punched through the leather and those laces don't wear at all.

Even metal eyelets will wear the laces. The loops you show have two edges the laces rub on and that speeds up the wear more. I avoid boots with loops&hooks partly for this reason

The only option I have to suggest is well oiled/waxed leather laces
Leather laces are a pain to tie. You must be well practiced. You can't use a normal bow.

I've don't remember ever noticing a recurring problem with hiking boot laces getting worn. I probably replaced the odd pair over the years. The metal should be smooth where the laces rub.

Or maybe you just wear them a lot more than I ever did.
deckard
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Re: boot laces

Post by deckard »

Thanks all; I did suspect its down to the eyelet style. I shall try some of the different lacing patterns, worth a shot.
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Re: boot laces

Post by grenfell »

The problem I tend to have with laces is that the other sheath tends to come seperated from the inner core. Can be "solved" to a degree by melting the ends or even just tying a knot in them but it is irritating.
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Re: boot laces

Post by deckard »

grenfell wrote: Mon Nov 13, 2023 9:38 am The problem I tend to have with laces is that the other sheath tends to come seperated from the inner core. Can be "solved" to a degree by melting the ends or even just tying a knot in them but it is irritating.
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