Written by Jon Clarke
I don’t know about you, but Autumn and Winter are my favourite months when it comes to fashion. Big coats, knitwear, ludicrously over-sized scarves and - perhaps most anticipated of of all - boots. Here at Goodwin Smith, we obviously know a thing or two about boots, as they make up many of our most popular pieces of footwear. And, if you’re yet to invest in a new pair for the winter months ahead (still time guys, we have hella’ long winters), you should go and check out our new AW18 collection.
When you’ve made your choice and got them ordered, come back here because we’re going to show you a life hack every boot-wearing gent needs. Take a look at three ways to lace up your new boots below - each with a distinct advantage…
Boot featured: the Linton Tan.
The ‘As They Come’
Many boots come from the manufacturer with this lace structure already applied. And for this reason, it’s probably the most universally used on this list - you know, because we just want to get those bad boys on our feet ASAP. Another good reason is that it’s simple and straightforward. No frills. Does what it says on the tin. So if you’re the kind of guy who likes his things OEM and inoffensive, this is the one for you.
How to do it: at each pair of eyelets the lace ends cross and feed under the sides, then out through the eyelets above.
Boot featured: the Walton Tan.
The ‘Taking No Chances’
Sometimes you just need that extra bit of security don’t you? There’s no better feeling than having a pair of tightly laced boots on your feet as you make that torrid expedition to the… pub. Well we’ve got the style for that, and it’s inspired by the US Paratroopers. Let me tell you, those guys DO NOT mess about.
Let’s face it, you don’t want your boot flying off in mid-air while you’re abseiling into a dangerous mission do you? No. Well take notes from these guys and you’ll be fine. In all seriousness though, this lace-up style is ideal for extended country walks, as it will ensure there’s little movement in your boot - preventing rubbing and promoting better form in your step.
How to do it: start by forming a vertical section on each side between the bottom two eyelets. At each eyelet pair, run the ends under the verticals on the opposite side before continuing to the eyelet pair above. The end result should resemble a ladder.
Boot featured: the Sherwood Black.
The ‘Quick Release’
In quite the opposite style to the one above, some men just want to be able to whip off their boots in a flash. Reasons for such a hasty escape can vary, but we’re told by many reliable sources that it’s predominantly to ‘get undressed quicker for sex’. Seems a legitimate enough reason and frankly we're honoured to help with such a crucial topic. It’s likely to make the lucky girl say “wow you got those off quick” as you dive into bed - earning you some precious extra time to work on that bra clip.
How to do it: simply alternate between crossovers on the inside and outside of the boot - creating an over-under pattern. This reduces friction between the shoelaces and the boot leather, making it faster and easier to pull every second crossover to loosen. It’s also easier to get fingers underneath the outer crossovers.
Boot featured: the Furness Chestnut.
The ‘F#$% Laces’
This final style is fairly simple. You just shun laces completely and opt for a fine pair of Chelsea boots. Most efficient of all boots, they’re on and off in a flash and versatile in style. From suede to leather, buckled or brogued, the Chelsea boot can be worn with jeans, chinos or trousers. It’s our favourite style boot here at GSHQ, which is why we’ve designed so many.
How to do it: put your foot in the boot. Make a smug smile as you go to lace-up, silently remembering that there’s no need. Cashback.
So there you have it - four different approaches to lacing up your winter boots. Which one suits your lacing needs the most? Give them a try and let us know!