Shoelace Length Guide: How to pick the right size for boots and shoes:

What could be more frustrating? You’ve broken your shoelaces and when you got to the store you have no idea what to buy!  This lace length guide will show you 3 ways to pick the right size shoelace or bootlace:

Method #1: Remove and Measure

The best way to find the length of shoelace you need is to look at your current shoelaces or your broken laces you want to replace.

Are they just right, too long or too short?

Remove the shoelace from the shoe and measure it from tip to tip. This is the length for the replacement shoelace – keeping in mind to add or subtract if your old shoelaces are too long or too short.

It’s important to note that different lacing styles need more or less length, so if you use this method be sure to lace up your boots or shoes the same way you had them before.

Method #3: Pick laces by the type of shoe

Common shoe types will generally use common shoelace sizes. Check out the chart below for our recommended laces by the type of footwear you have.

Most common hikers, street shoes and workboots use standard lengths of shoelace.

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Method #2: Choose a Shoelace Length based on the number of eyelet pairs (holes).

If you don’t have the broken laces or a tape measure handy – or if you’re buying them online or as a gift – use our lace length charts below that will help you pick the right shoelace size for boots, shoes and hikers. If you use this way, you’ll need to know how many eyelet pairs your shoe or boot has.

How many eyelets or holes are on your shoes? Count how many total holes you have and divide by two – or count how many holes are down one side. This is the number of eyelet pairs are on your shoes. The boot in the above example has 9 eyelet pairs.

Shoelace Length Chart for Hiking and Work Boots

The length of Shoelaces can vary for different types of shoes. This chart is intended to be a “Guideline only”.

Eyelet (Hole) Pairs Shoelace Length to Buy Types of Footwear
4 – 5 33 Inches Street Shoes
5 – 6 45 Inches Low-Top Hiking Shoes
6 – 7 54 Inches 6″ Work Boots and Hiking Boots
7 – 8 63 Inches High Top Sneakers, Tall Hiking Boots and 6″ Workboots
8 – 9 72 Inches 8″ inch Workboots
9 – 10 84 Inches Tall Boots
10 – 11 96 to 108 Inches Tall Boots
11 – 12 108 to 120 Inches Tall Boots


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