Benjo's Guide to Boot Laces

A well-made pair of boots should last you a long time. In fact, the boot itself will usually last longer than the laces do. We usually see laces on hiking and work boots last a couple of years. Eventually, they get worn down, fray, and even break. 

Some people choose to swap out the laces on a brand new pair just to add a bit of color or go for a more durable option.

When it’s time to replace your laces, there are a few considerations you’ll want to keep in mind.


Waxed Cotton Boot Laces


Reasons to Replace

Most people replace their shoe and boot laces for one of two reasons. The original laces either become damaged or they want a different color or style of lace. 

Boot laces can fray, break, and the aglet (the plastic or metal piece on the end of the laces) can come off. It’s best to watch the condition of your laces before one break while you’re out working or on a hike. Stained, torn, and frayed laces also make your boots look bad even if they’re still functional. 

Most other people look to replace their laces to either find a different material, different fit, or change the color of their laces. Sturdy nylon laces can be a great way to replace the flimsy ones that come with some pairs of boots. Otherwise, you may just want to add your own personality to your outfit by adding some color to your footwear.

Type of Boot

The type of boot you have will determine what kind of lace you need. This matters for two different reasons:


1. Length of the laces

Higher boots usually need longer laces. The best way to make sure you get the right length of lace is to measure the laces you’re replacing.


2. Durability

Different materials are good for different things. Usually, you’re not too hard on a pair of dress boots, so the laces don’t need to be as durable as those that you would put in a pair of Redwing work boots or Merrel hiking boots.

Our Dress Boot Laces are made from waxed cotton, which gives your boots a durable but elegant look. Waxed cotton laces are also a good fit for some styles of hiking boots, but this is a matter of personal preference. 

We also make Work Boot Laces which are American-made using braided nylon. This material is extremely tough and available in a range of two-tone colorways. These laces are also excellent for hiking boots!



We’re big fans of using colorful boot laces to show off a bit of personality. When it comes to color, there really are no rules. If you need some ideas on what color to pair with your boots, check out our Instagram!


Red Wing Hiking Boot Laces


If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below! We want to make sure you love your Benjo’s Laces.

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