Did you know that most hiking related injuries are self-inflicted? Your actions cause you to get blisters, aching feet, knee pain, ankle sprains, and more. Such as lacing your boots the wrong way, wearing the wrong shoe type, or wearing worn-out hiking boots. To prevent your feet from getting blisters, you need to learn to lace your boots for comfort.
How To Tie Hiking Boots to Prevent Blisters
First things first, the best knot to tie at the end of your laces is known as the surgeon’s knot. This helps to keep the boots firmly tied as you go hiking. This, in turn, makes it easier for you to walk comfortably without hurting your feet. Which then prevents you from developing blisters in walking or running shoes.
This knot is achieved by wrapping the strands around each other twice and pulling the lace and tying a knot. You can then tie hiking boots laces around their ankles to secure them.
Secondly, to prevent your boots from becoming loses and chafing your feet, giving you bunions, or causing you to get blisters to learn to lace them properly. Consider the best lacing design for tying the boots so that they can stay in place for your entire hike.
One of the best lacing designs for hiking boots is the heel-lock lacing design. It prevents the boots from slipping form your feet. The design is a combination of a crisscross lacing design with a loop at the top eyelets for inserting the laces, which helps them to stay in place.
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Another great lacing design is the toe-relief lacing design, which helps to reduce the pressure exerted on the toes, thus preventing blister formation. You may need to watch a tutorial to learn how to tie this one. But essentially, you lace your eyelets in a diagonally parallel design, with one end of the lace cutting though the laces diagonally from the bottom eyelet to the top.
Window lacing is another anti-blister lacing design. It is a combination of army-lacing and crisscross lacing designs. The critical thing to remember is that you need to eliminate pressure on your feet by causing the shoe to be supported by your ankle and not come off as you walk. This way, you reduce your chances of getting blisters.