Lacing Boots Properly: How to Tie Your Doc Martens

There are many different ways to lace Doc Martens. It’s even popular to wear them with the laces only through the lower four or so eyelets. However, to make your boots fit better and feel more comfortable, we recommend the ladder lacing method shown by Eric Evans below.

1. Put one end of the lace through one of the bottom eye holes from the underside of the hole

Put the lace through one of the bottom eye holes

2. Drag the lace up and through the top of the opposite side

Your lace should exit the eye holes through the top of each, and the bottom portion of the lace should be significantly longer than the top portion.

Drag the lace from the bottom to the top of the other side

3. Return to the bottom portion of the lace

Thread the lace through the opposite side from the top of the eye hole, then bring it back to the starting side. Push the lace through the underside of the next eye hole, then pull to tighten.

Take the lace from the bottom and put it in from the other side

Take the lace from the bottom and put it in from the other side

4. Repeat until your boots are laced to the top

Continue the ladder-lacing until you reach the top

If you still have questions, check out Eric’s outstanding video and easy instructions below.

For more ways to lace your Dr. Martens boots, see below how some celebrities and models tied their Doc Martens.

Model showing off his laced Doc Martens during London Fashion Week on January 6, 2018Model showing off his laced Doc Martens during London Fashion Week on January 6, 2018

Kiesa Rae Ellestad, known professionally as Kiesza, showing off her laced Dr. Martens boots while attending WE Day Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on October 1, 2015Kiesa Rae Ellestad, known professionally as Kiesza, showing off her laced Dr. Martens boots while attending WE Day Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on October 1, 2015

British singer-songwriter Gabz Gardiner showing off her pink boots with laces through the lower six eyelets at the ITV studios in London on July 3, 2013British singer-songwriter Gabz Gardiner showing off her pink boots with laces through the lower six eyelets at the ITV studios in London on July 3, 2013

Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon wearing untied white Dr. Martens boots while leaving the Manhattan Kabbalah Centre in New York City on January 8, 2011Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon wearing untied white Dr. Martens boots while leaving the Manhattan Kabbalah Centre in New York City on January 8, 2011

Credit: WENN / Dominic Chan / Euan Cherry / Michael Carpenter
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