I finally spent some considerable time in the leather lace options. I spent my vacation in nothing but the 1/4″ leather laces and some time before and after in the 10mm leather.
Both laces gave a very secure feeling. I don’t know that the 10mm leather is necessary but they do have a more substantial look and feel to them The 1/4″ laces were slightly more comfortable and felt like less like you were strapped in for battle. The 1/4″ laces were also easier to tie in two regards. First they were easier to get laces right. The slip on method worked well with them. The slip on method did not work well with the 10mm laces due to the thickness of the laces. The bottom heel strap tended to fall off if the tension wasn’t just right. Second, the knot used to tie off the end of the 10mm leather is much bigger and often caused issues, not so on the 1/4″.
Pros of the leather laces
- Provided the most secure feel
- Looked “fancier” than other lace options
- Don’t stretch
Cons of the leather laces
- Not quite as soft and comfortable as other options
- Tying can be quite difficult to get right because they don’t stretch. You have to get it just right which can take multiple attempts.
- Caused minor chafing while running longer distances. (I’m sure I would toughen up to this)
If I were to get only one I would go for the 1/4″ leather. They perform as well as the 10mm without some of the tying and comfort issues I found with the additional size of the leadville laces. With that said, I am currently using the 10mm laces and may find a better way to tie them that works for me. I’m glad I got both. (Update) I finally found a method that works for me with the leadville laces. I’m starting to like these more and more.