So your trusty pair of work boots outlasted the laces they came with? Do not worry this is a common problem, and over here at WorkBootGuide, we’ve got you covered.
Seeing as your the kind of person to look up work boot laces, I am going to assume you’re looking for some real in-depth knowledge, if so you have come to the right place.
Laces are fairly simple to the eye, they tend to be made of cord and are in a string setup. The simpleness ends there! Work boot laces can be incredibly complicated and are engineered with the utmost care, some of them at least, to hold up to the harshest of working conditions.
So what leads to a work boot lace’s durability? Many factors of course but I am going to break it down into two main categories.
Now, let’s dig into these some more.
Work boot laces come in all sorts of different materials. So it can be difficult to figure out which material is going to best suit your needs. Let’s go ahead break down the main materials used and list some of there pros and cons.
Leather laces are by far the most traditional option. You see them quite often on dress shoes, but they also have a place on the job site. Leather laces are ideal for welders. This should be a no brainer, because when we weld what do we protect our hands with? Leather gloves of course!
The Advantage of Leather Work Boot Laces
Leather doesn’t burn so when slag falls, it is not going to destroy your laces!
When it comes to looks, leather is hard to beat. It is stylish and pairs with most work boots because, well they’re made of leather as well.
Most leather laces are cut to fit so they may require an extra step to get going, but in the end, they let you get your lace length just where you want it.
The Cons of Leather Work Boot Laces
Leather is a natural material so you may sometimes find a weak spot in the lace and it can break, thankfully most manufacturers cover this.
Quality control, you have to do your research on a reputable manufacturer or supplier of your leather boot laces, the market is riddled with cheap options that can be less than satisfying. Thankfully we have you covered on this one, go over and check out our leather boot lace buying guide.
Nylons is an incredibly durable fiber that we use in many facets of our lives. Someone much smarter than me one day had the idea to use this versatile material to make boot laces, and I must say they were on to something
The Advantages of Nylon Work Boot Laces
Nylon is an incredibly strong and won’t rip or tear on you when you are tightening up your work boots
Nylon cannot absorb water, so it makes for a great lace in wet conditions. Water resistance is a major advantage to using a Nylon lace.
Tighter knots. Nylon laces are made of thousands of tiny little synthetic strands woven together to give them strength. This synthetic material allows you to tie a tighter knot when putting on your work boots.
The Cons of Nylon Work Boot Laces
Nylon laces should not be used anywhere where you may get a heated object on them. If a piece of hot slag hits your laces, there is a good chance they will melt. This can and is counteracted by some manufacturers by putting a wax coating on the laces.
These laces cannot be cut to length, so you must know the length of lace you need before purchasing.
The same stuff they use in bulletproof vests, they use in your laces. There are several manufacturers out there who advertise having the toughest laces, the laces that fireman and ironworkers wear, both of those manufacturers use kevlar in their laces.
Kevlar is a little different than the above materials because you can’t make a work boot lace out of pure kevlar, it has to be woven in with other materials. This then lets those other materials draw on the strength and durability of the kevlar.
The Advantages of Kevlar Work Boot Laces
Extreme durability, these are the toughest laces out there, I mean they make bulletproof vests out of the same material.
Fire and melt resistant, you’ll have no problems in the harshest of conditions with kevlar laces.
The Cons of Kevlar Work Boot Laces
Cost, they tend to be more expensive than other cheaper laces.
They can not be cut to length, you need to know your lace size before ordering a pair of these.
Work Boot Laces Coatings
When purchasing a work boot lace you need to be aware of the laces coating, or if it has one. Most coatings on work boot laces are made of beeswax or sometimes Paraffin wax.
Many laces feature a waxy coating on the outside the lace. This coating helps keep the work boot lace moisture resistant. This coating can also add to the durability of the lace by reducing friction on the eyelets of your boot. At the same time, this wax can help your knot or knots hold stronger. Coating the lace in wax prevents stretching of the lace, ensuring that your work boots stay tight on your feet.
Now that you know the materials used in work boot laces and the coatings used on work boot laces, you should be able to make a well-informed purchase on a pair of laces that will last you years. If your just looking for a quick recommendation, check out IronLace, they make some of the toughest laces out there at a reasonable price. Happy hunting and stay safe on the job site.