How to Lace Zippers Into Boots
If you've ever ran out of time lacing your shoes, then using a zipper might be a good choice. Instead of lacing your shoes and tying the laces, you simply pull up the zipper and you're ready to go. EMS workers, military personnel and anyone else who needs to get somewhere fast will like this solution. To lace zippers into boots, you'll need specialty zippers with eyelets on the side.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- 2 zippers with eyelets
- 2 shoelaces
Remove the laces from your boots and place those laces near the boots. Run the lace through the bottom right hole on the right side, pushing it through from the inside so that the lace comes through the front. Place the zipper flat against the front of the boot and insert the lace through the eyelet on the zipper.
Move the lace across the front of the zipper and push it through the eyelet on the opposite side of the zipper. Then push the lace through to the hole on the left side of your shoe and keep pulling until the lace is even. The shoelace should now be holding the zipper against the shoe, with both side of the lace inside the shoe.
Push the shoelace through the next set of eyelets on the left side by moving the lace up and then pushing it through both the eyelet of the shoe and the zipper. Pull the shoelace through, move up to the next hole and push it through. Continue moving up the left side of the shoe until you reach the last eyelet.
Lace the right side of the boot in the same way, by working your way to the top of the boot and the last eyelet. Put on the boots and check the fit. Tie off the end of the shoelace in a knot and cut off the excess lace with your scissors. Lace zippers into your other boot in the same way.
Don't tie off and cut the laces until you make sure that the shoes fit with the zipper inside. You can always adjust the laces if the boot is too tight, but if you cut the laces first, you'll need to replace both sides.
Tips & Warnings
An alternative method involves cutting your shoelace in half and placing one on either side of the boot. Tie a knot in the bottom of the lace and push it through the boot and zipper. Then work your way up one side of the boot and do the same thing on the opposite side.
Article Written By Jennifer Eblin
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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