How to lace football boots - Step by step guide

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Figuring out how to lace football boots isn't as simple as it may seem when you unbox a new pair for the first time. That's because it's important to make sure that the technique you choose provides a secure fit to keep you locked in during a game.

Fortunately, we've put together a step-by-step guide to lead you through one of the most effective ways of tieing your boots so you're ready to take to the pitch.

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We've also highlighted a few alternative lacing techniques to ensure you achieve the best fit possible and find a style that suits your playstyle. For instance, opting for a side knot can give you a clearer area to strike with if you play up top.

Regardless of your position though, make sure you grab your best pair of football boots and follow our top tips right here...

How to lace football boots

As mentioned, the following method is what we believe to be the best technique to ensure a comfortable yet secure lock-in.

Nike Mercurial football boots in vivid green, white, and purple unlaced.
Credit: Nike

This technique should work for most boots out there, regardless of the brand, providing the boots in question aren't laceless.

Stick around though, because we'll get to a few alternative methods a little later on...

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Step 1: Take your first boot and thread your shoelace through the bottom two eyelets, making sure to travel from outside inwards to create a bar across the middle.

Top Tip: Make sure both ends of your shoelace are the same length for a more secure and even knot at the top.

Step 2: Take the inside length of the shoelace and thread it underneath the second eyelet up on the outside. For example, if your lacing your right boot, then the inside length of the lace will be on the left-hand side.

Nike football boot product image of a yellow and orange pair of boots with black laces.
Credit: Soccer Reviews For You

Step 3: Do the same with the outside lace through the inner eyelet the next row up.

Top Tip: Make sure your laces stay flat as you work your way up, correcting any twists as you go.

Step 4: Repeat this process until you reach the last row of eyelets. If your boot comes with a lace loop on the tongue, then make sure to feed the shoelace through to stop the tongue from moving around in a game.

Step 5: Once you're at the last set of eyelets, you can either feed the two ends from outside to in, or from inside to out depending on your personal preference, then tie the two ends in a knot.

Nike football boot product image of a yellow and orange pair of boots with black laces.
Credit: Soccer Reviews For You

Step 6: Copy steps one to five with your second boot and you'll be good to go.

What type of laces do you need for football boots?

A typical pair of football boots, like these PUMA Future Z 2.1s featured in our list of the best boots under 100, usually come with relatively thin, flat laces to ensure a cleaner, uninterrupted strike.

Therefore, if you're looking to replace your laces, then we'd recommend sticking with flats around 4-6mm in width.

PUMA Future Z product image of a pair of blue boots with pink details.
Credit: PUMA
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The colour choice will come down to your preference though. For example, these Fabmania cotton laces come in a wide variety of different colours, so should make for the perfect pick if you want to deviate from the traditional black or white colours.

In terms of length, we'd recommend picking up laces around 125cm. This will of course vary depending on your boots; however, this length should fit most boots without leaving too much excess.

Alternative ways to lace football boots

Although our step-by-step guide details one of the most common techniques, there are several alternative ways of lacing football boots to suit different styles and for different fits.

We've summarised a few key techniques of note right here.

Runners loop

The Runners Loop is designed to eliminate as much movement inside your boots as possible.

adidas football boot product image of white, orange, and yellow boots with a Runners Loop knot.
Credit: Unisport
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The technique is mostly the same as the aforementioned method, with the main difference being that once you reach the second to last eyelets, rather than crossing, simply feed each end through the next eyelet up on the same side.

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This should create a loop in which you can now cross each end over and feed through for a more secure lock-in.

As an aside, check out our guide to cleaning running shoes right here.

Straight bars

Tying your shoelaces using straight bars isn't a particularly common method when it comes to football boots; however, it does produce a particularly clean look.

Nike football boot product image of a black boot with an orange shoelace in straight bars across the middle.
Credit: Football Boots

Start in exactly the same way as our first technique, but rather than working one row up at a time, the trick is to alternate eyelets.

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For example, take the outside length and feed it through the third eyelet up on the inside, then thread it through the opposite eyelet over the top to create a bar across the tongue.

Do the same on the other side but through the second eyelet instead, then repeat this process to the top.

For more information on this, check out our guide to lacing Converse and Jordan 1s right here.

Side knot

This technique is almost identical to the first method we mentioned; however, the difference here is you tie the knot slightly to the outside of your boots instead of the middle.

Nike football boot product image with red laces tied to the side and tucked into the boot.
Credit: Soccer Reviews For You

The benefit of doing this is to leave the centre and inside of your foot clear for a cleaner strike of your football.

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To finish this technique off, simply tuck the remaining lengths of your shoelace into your boot for a tidier look.

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