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As far as you know, do most people not lace boots right up to the top?

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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

As far as you know, do most people not lace boots right up to the top?

I'm wearing boots now and they're laced up to the top. Not sure about everyone else though. 

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I generally lace my boots to the top
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I prefer lacing up to the second last eyelet and then take a wrap around the ankle.
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The east coast is a wet mess right now, so I'm taken a second swing at putting an old pair of beaters in rotation for rain until a better solution arrives in a week or so. Here's where I started:



They were so dried out that I've had a couple runs over the last couple weeks at them with Saphir Reno just to get them a little healthier.  They were looking a little scruffy after a wear, so I went the next step with a couple coats of Saphir Creme (Pom) and a spritz of AE's waterproofing spray:



You won't mistake them for nice shoes, but on casual days when the weather sucks, I won't mind wearing these at all.

I still have some detail work to do in the broguing, and I'll get some of the Saphir Wax in cognac or medium brown and give it another layer, but it works for now.  smile.gif

Better side by side:


That is quit e impressive that you were able to improve them that much and that the leather used was even able to take the products. Good job.
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

As far as you know, do most people not lace boots right up to the top?

I lace my 8" Danner boots to the top. I use ladder lacing and I don't like speed hooks at all, i.e. so far I will only consider the AE Dalton but no Long Branch for example.
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How can you not like speed hooks? You literally cut your lacing time to less than 3 seconds, 5 for tall calf height boots...
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How can you not like speed hooks? You literally cut your lacing time to less than 3 seconds, 5 for tall calf height boots...

Not a speed hook fan either as I generally don't have to unlace the top few rows to get my feet in...plus I cross my feet a lot and they are always dogling into the other boots. Plus on boots like Alden's the 4 are so close together it takes me longer.
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Interesting. One of the downside of speed hook is extra wear and tear on the laces, but that's some interesting points.
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post


Not a speed hook fan either as I generally don't have to unlace the top few rows to get my feet in...plus I cross my feet a lot and they are always dogling into the other boots. Plus on boots like Alden's the 4 are so close together it takes me longer.

of course that can happen if you rub them around when you cross your feet, but as long as you don't move them, it should keep the leather in fine condition. 

 

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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Interesting. One of the downside of speed hook is extra wear and tear on the laces, but that's some interesting points.

that is usually the main concern, but as long as you don't crank them when putting the laces up, they don't get too much wear and tear. I have speed hooks on many boots from casual Indy Boots to dress boots with just the top 3-4 eyelets with speed hooks and have not had any problems at all. I do take good care to not crank them, but that is the only case where i can see the damage occurring because in other cases, the laces will just sit in the grove for the speed hooks. 

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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

How can you not like speed hooks? You literally cut your lacing time to less than 3 seconds, 5 for tall calf height boots...

Because it takes much longer than 3 seconds smile.gif especially if I try to make it fast. There are usually 3 or 4 speed hooks, which means redoing the lacing of as many every single time I lace the boots. And the faster I try to be the more easily I miss a hook or the laces snap out of it again. Maybe I'm just speed hook dumb. Nevermind that you can basically only do simple cross lacing on the hooks and no ladder (check Ian's lacing site if you need to see what it is).

On the contrary I undo maybe the last hole or maybe two if I'm too fast. That happens because I have to pull the laces loose in a lot of holes almost down the whole boot to get in and out and because I'm too lazy to get longer laces biggrin.gif That's my Danner Recon, for Montreal winters with 10 lace holes. Nothing dressy about it but otherwise a really nice boot. About the only full leather boot they make (unless you want 10" ones for hunting or hiking and more Thinsulate). I have to get out of those in the office anyway or my feet get toasted wink.gif
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Speed hooks can also break, which is one more thing to worry about repairing. I broke one on a pair of Grenson boots a few years back, and my current C&J Wicklows have a couple that have been bent. No idea how any of that happened. The added ease of putting them on is certainly convenient, but at this point I'd rather not have to worry about them needing repair at some point in the future. Not a deal breaker for me either way, but if I'm doing an MTO I won't have speed hooks added.
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Because it takes much longer than 3 seconds smile.gif especially if I try to make it fast. There are usually 3 or 4 speed hooks, which means redoing the lacing of as many every single time I lace the boots. And the faster I try to be the more easily I miss a hook or the laces snap out of it again. Maybe I'm just speed hook dumb. Nevermind that you can basically only do simple cross lacing on the hooks and no ladder (check Ian's lacing site if you need to see what it is).

On the contrary I undo maybe the last hole or maybe two if I'm too fast. That happens because I have to pull the laces loose in a lot of holes almost down the whole boot to get in and out and because I'm too lazy to get longer laces biggrin.gif That's my Danner Recon, for Montreal winters with 10 lace holes. Nothing dressy about it but otherwise a really nice boot. About the only full leather boot they make (unless you want 10" ones for hunting or hiking and more Thinsulate). I have to get out of those in the office anyway or my feet get toasted wink.gif

 

Posted this on Instagram months ago, intentionally slowed the motion down dramatically for clarity.  Maybe you should give it a try.

 

http://scontent-sjc2-1.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfa1/t50.2886-16/11757797_899697666762516_597682819_n.mp4
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

Speed hooks can also break, which is one more thing to worry about repairing. I broke one on a pair of Grenson boots a few years back, and my current C&J Wicklows have a couple that have been bent. No idea how any of that happened. The added ease of putting them on is certainly convenient, but at this point I'd rather not have to worry about them needing repair at some point in the future. Not a deal breaker for me either way, but if I'm doing an MTO I won't have speed hooks added.

 

Yup they can break or be bent out of shape, pretty easy to fix with hammer and a paper board or at your local cobblers.

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At six bucks for a nice pair of laces from Alden, I'm not worrying about my laces.  I get the concern with scratching them when crossing your leg, but not something I'm too worried about personally.

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