Lacing a Boot Zipper into Boots

My loyal and long-time readers know that I am a big fan of boots in the style of station boots. They are about 9 inches (23cm) tall and have eyelets that are NOT meant to string a lace between (like loggers), but are meant to lace in a central boot zipper.

Once you lace in the zipper and break in the boot, you never will have to fool with the laces again. Just pull on the boot, zip it closed, and you’re off. As easy to take off the boots, too.

When I got my first pair of Chippewa Firefighter boots in 2007, I found the lacing technique…
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Boot Improvising

One idea provided to me by my buddy “S” with whom I went on a crazy-awesome motorcycle adventure in Utah on ideas to blog about was “boot improvisation.” He suggested that I describe what boots we selected for this trip, and why these boots were different from what one may expect to wear when riding a Harley.

Great idea! Thanks, “S”! So here goes… what did we improvise (that is, choose to make available) for boots on this trip, and why? More after the jump…
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Boots for Comfort

Admittedly, I am an unabashed fan of boots. I wear several pairs of boots each day, depending on what I am doing and where I am going. I wrote a while ago on a post titled Bikers: Where Are The Boots? that at a motorcycle rider’s group training conference, a large number of men were wearing sneakers because they said that sneakers were more comfortable than boots.

Poppycock.

I was pleased to receive a comment on that post recently that affirmed my assertion that boots are comfortable. That comment said,
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Boots Made in Spain Frustration

For a number of years, most of us in the “boot world” have been aware of the made-in-Spain Sendra Boots, which have been attractive to those of us on the other side of the Atlantic. Finding those boots in the USA became easier when some stores here offered Sendra boots and served as a U.S. distributor.

Recently, I posted a rave review of Ranch Road Boots that are made in Spain. These boots are…
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Sneakers with Leather

I’ve decided, come with Spring, to adopt what I am seeing all over this-here interwebby thing — a new fashion trend set by millennials that will combine my need for footwear comfort with my enjoyment of wearing leather jeans: sneakers with leather! Woo-hoo!

Readers of this blog are aware that I have had concerns about my feet spreading and lower legs losing muscle tone with age. As a result, I finally decided as I approach my sixth decade to …
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How To Fix Boot Squeaking

This year I expanded my dress boots collection from traditional shiny-leather cowboy boots to include additional short men’s dress boots, such as Allen Edmonds Dalton boots.

Yeah, these boots are only seven inches high, but nonetheless, meet the minimum requirement for anything to be worn on my feet: boots. Further, my requirements for boots are that they be well-constructed of quality materials and craftsmanship, and made in countries that do not use low-wage labor working in sweatshops (i.e., China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines) to make them.

While maintaining high standards, I also look for a reasonable price, which for high-end dress boots is difficult, but not out of the question. Occasional sales are offered, or close-out deals become available. That’s how these Allen Edmonds Daltons were selected — a great deal for about half the full MSRP.

When I first pulled on these puppies and struggled to lace them up (generally I avoid laced footwear due to the time required to lace them right — I’m a guy who just likes to pull on his boots and go)… I was horrified to hear very loud SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK with each step. No way was I going to wear these things to the office and attract attention due to their awfully loud squeaking!

But I found a solution to resolve that squeaking once-and-for-all, and thought I would share it here… more after the jump.
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