- anything that laces up, especially a boot with shoelaces that lace up from the vamp to the top of the boot.
- having a lace that is laced up as a closure: a lace-up blouse.
Origin of lace-up
First recorded in 1830–40; noun and adj. use of verb phrase lace up
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Examples from the Web for lace-up
The mankles themselves were sandwiched between patterned capri pants and lace-up loafers fit for a 90's school girl.Men Wear Heels at J.W. Anderson's London Fashion Show
January 7, 2014
Vivie's—or Mr. Michaelis's—lace-up boots were carefully removed and the poor crushed and bleeding toes washed with warm water.Mrs. Warren's Daughter
Sir Harry Johnston
He opened the door a little, and pulled in his lace-up boots, which were polished in the highest style of art.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes
Elastic-sided boots and lace-up boots had superseded the old footwear, but honest skill still meant an honest reputation.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete
Martin Anderson Nexo
Word Origin and History for lace-up
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