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Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! What do you do with that extra boot lace? I started tying his into double knots, putting a half-hitch into my loops, but they were still too long. Then I tied loops in my loops. That worked…but seemed ridiculous.

Now it must be said that I once played semi-pro sports, and I am well acquainted with the traditions of tying your laces in various ways for good luck, better performance, or silly stylistic affectations. Still, these are ridiculous.

So one morning I noticed that the laces were beginning to wear out---right at the knot. So I slid the laces around until I had just enough to tie a decent knot on one side, then pulled the excess through on the other side. It turned out to be about 20 inches long, so I chopped it off and tossed it into my pack. My boots and laces work just fine now.

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Tennis shoes too. What's up with that? One of my pet peeves.
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what size shoe do you wear?
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Low/small foot volume. I have a high volume foot, in addition to being large anyway (current boots 12EEEE), and the laces are barely long enough.

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Better too long than too short.
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Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! . . .

I've bought many pair of boots over the years, but I have never had that problem. Not once. Every pair I've bought had laces very close to the right length.

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Buy quality boots, problem solved.

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They have different boot lace lengths sold at REI. I just purchased a new set for my "primary" summer boots.

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Low/small foot volume. I have a high volume foot, in addition to being large anyway (current boots 12EEEE), and the laces are barely long enough.

same here - 14 - ee.  I usually have to buy the next length laces.
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Almost all shoelaces come in standard lengths.  In any case it doesn't really matter for outdoor boots.

http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/bootlaces.asp

The Rawhide two tone yellow/brown colored nylon shoe laces have been sold at stores for decades.  If the length is too long, simply custom cut one end and use a cigaret lighter to melt the end fibers then a pair of pliers to shape the still warm end to a point.  3x long?   Cut em and one has spares.  In any case can still use the uncut end tip to thread through boot ferrules if a tip matters.   Many hiking boot laces bought in outdoor stores don't even have end tip but rather they just use utility cord off a reel.


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My newest pair of hikers are Treksta Evolution Mid GTX. I like them a lot, but the laces are at least 6" longer than they should be. I contacted Treksta asking if I could purchase another set of laces, but Treksta laces are not available separately. Period.

Another minor quibble I have with these boots and with other footwear is the pull-on loop at the top of the heel that is too small for a man to fit his finger all the way through (I can just fit the tip of my finger, not all the way into the first knuckle). If they're going to provide a loop, why make it just barely too small to be usable?


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Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! What do you do with that extra boot lace?

Why are there ten hot dogs to a pack but only eight buns to a pack?
Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?
How come a wise guy and wise man aren't the same thing?
Why is "colored people" a racist term but "people of color" is not?
Why is it called Rhode Island when it's neither a road nor an island?

That's just the way it is. Who are we to question God's plan?
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Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! What do you do with that extra boot lace?

Why are there ten hot dogs to a pack but only eight buns to a pack?
Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?
How come a wise guy and wise man aren't the same thing?
Why is "colored people" a racist term but "people of color" is not?
Why is it called Rhode Island when it's neither a road nor an island?

That's just the way it is. Who are we to question God's plan?

Hebrew National hot dogs come seven to a pack, just to add another data point.  :;):

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Why are there ten hot dogs to a pack but only eight buns to a pack?

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Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! What do you do with that extra boot lace?

Why are there ten hot dogs to a pack but only eight buns to a pack?
Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?
How come a wise guy and wise man aren't the same thing?
Why is "colored people" a racist term but "people of color" is not?
Why is it called Rhode Island when it's neither a road nor an island?

That's just the way it is. Who are we to question God's plan?

Hebrew National hot dogs come seven to a pack, just to add another data point.  :;):

And what's with that state, "Connect? I cut."
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