Hiking boots and shoes can be tied in a beneficial way which creates the maximum room for toes.
The method is:
- untie the laces
- ball one's fist into the toe box of the boot or shoe to create maximum room for the toes
- loosely lace the boot/shoe up to the THIRD eyelet and then tie a half-hitch - a simple knot - at the third eyelet to secure the loosely tied laces.
- Complete lacing of the boot/shoe as is normally done (see photo below).
One’s feet will then remain firm in the boot or shoe, thus minimising the chance of blisters. The extra room in the toe box will reduce the chance of blisters on the toes from boots or shoes that have been too tightly laced.