If you are an avid outdoorsman who enjoys running around the forest, then you will know that there is nothing worse than having your work boots fall off while trying to tie them. This can be dangerous because it could cause you to trip and injure yourself. When putting on a set of new work boots, or even if they have been sitting unused for some time, it is important to make sure that the laces are tightened correctly so that this does not happen again. Here are four methods for tying the tightest possible knot in your work boots!

2-1-3 Lacing

This method was first developed by the US Air Force and is used to lace up boots for military use. It involves creating a knot that goes through each set of eyelets twice, making it very difficult to undo once tied correctly. If you are wearing laced-up work shoes with this knot and notice one side has come undone but not the other, then it is very unlikely that you will be able to slip your foot out.

Tie the first knot by looping one side over and through the next set of eyelets twice before bringing them back down under both loops. Tighten this section until it feels secure but not tight enough to cut off circulation. Then take each  side of the lace and make a loop, or “bunny ear”. Make sure that these ears are the same size, then cross one over the other and tuck it behind. This will create your second knot.

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To finish, take each end of the bunny ear loops and put them through the hole created in the first knot. This will ensure that the knot is extremely difficult to undo told by one of the boots expert Robert Junior from topworkboot.

The Clinch Knot

This classic knot was used by sailors for many years, and it has stood the test of time because it works so well! It involves creating a simple overhand knot at one end before tying an identical version on top of this first one. By doing this , the knot will tighten as it is pulled and should not come undone unless you pull on both ends of this second knot at once.

To tie a clinch knot, start by making an overhand loop with one lace and then bringing that same side through the opening to create another small hole. Tighten this section until it feels secure but not tight enough to cut off circulation. Repeat this process by pulling on the other side of the loop, creating a second hole in the opposite direction. Take each end and pass it through these two holes so that they are positioned underneath what will become your final knot

The Lace Knot

This method is easy for beginners but can be difficult to undo once tied  correctly. It is used by sportsmen to secure their laces in place without tying a knot that will be difficult to undo when trying to slip out of the footwear at once.

To tie this method, simply take one lace and pull it over from behind before putting it through the eyelet directly beneath your foot on top of your shoe. Repeat this process, but this time pull the lace up and through the next eyelet in line. Pull these two ends of your laces all the way to tighten them so that they feel secure but not tight enough to cut off circulation.

To keep these laces from coming undone while you are out on a hike or other outdoor activity, take one end and tuck it behind the shoe lace on your opposite side. This will keep them in place while you are wearing them!

The Heel Knot

This knot is best used to tie boots that have an extra set of laces near the back of the boot, usually above where they attach to a pair of gaiters or other protective  covering. This knot is difficult to tie but very secure and will not come undone unless you specifically untie it.

To start, take one of the laces from near the back of your heel and put it over the top of the other lace before threading it underneath. This process should be repeated two more times so that you have three loops in total. Take the end of the lace and make a small loop, or “bunny ear”. Make sure that this ear is the same size as the loops you have created, then cross it over the top of the first bunny ear before tucking it behind. This will create your second knot

To finish, take each end of the bunny ear loops and put them through the hole created in your first knot. This will ensure that this combination of knots is extremely difficult to undo, but it can be done by pulling on all four ends at once until you are able to slip out of these laces.

Conclusion

There are many different ways to tie your work boots so that they feel secure but not too tight. By using one of the methods described in this article, you can be sure that your laces will stay in place no matter what activity you are undertaking. Happy tying!