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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lace-up

Contemporary Examples of lace-up

Historical Examples of lace-up

  • 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.

  • Elastic-sided boots and lace-up boots had superseded the old footwear, but honest skill still meant an honest reputation.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

1831, originally of boots, from lace (v.) + up.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper