How do you guys put on lace up ankle boots? I received my MacAdam and they look SO sharp! But putting them on is a total hassle. If they are laced up all the way, there is no way to get my foot in without putting a lot of strain on the shaft and tongue area and really jamming it in. But if I undo the laces, then I have to do them back up.
So far my solution has been to lace them standard up a few eyelets, and then thread the lace laterally up each side instead of crossing over as normal, and then tie them at the top, so I get the secure knot at the top and a snug fit from bottom to mid (the upper half/quarter is loose, but then secured at the top) and then when I untie them, they automatically loosen all the way back down to the lower quarter/half without me having to unlace them all the way down to be able to get my foot out/in.
Is there a better way to be doing this?
1) Buy the right size boot. If the boot is too short or too narrow, getting you foot in will be tougher.
2) Buy boots with speed hooks.
3) Use over-under lacing
My Eagle Countys have little trouble with this, but I have 3 speed hooks. Sometimes I need to relace the top open eyelet, so I'm happy my next pair will have 4 speed hooks.
I have a pair of 12" Bean boots (Maine Hunting Shoes) which are a tad too small and they're near impossible to get in and out of. With these, I've had to resort to over-under lacing and skipping 2 sets of eyelets on each boot around the instep, as it seems you have done. To prevent the lacing from coming out and needing to be re-threaded, I've knotted the ends. Once winter ends, I'm going to send them away to have 4 speed hooks installed.
I like my AE speedhooks...hate Alden speed hooks... Also you are lacing a balmoral boot, that is going to be tougher that a standard boot. I am going to consider have my Eagle Country speed hooks replaced with bigger ones or eliminated as I plan to go with a flat lace for them...same thing with my shell bayfields. The other thing for me that helps is that none of my boots lace very close to get tight so the opening at top is wide enough with only the top eyelet undone.
Next MTO I do will without a doubt have the larger speedhooks like the longbranch