I recently came across a hiking boot maker with a front page photo showing someone walking off trail in ankle high boots that are untied.
This seems to be a current fashion trend, and if you google untied boots look you get several hits showing and describing how to get the 'look'
Shopping in the mall, with untied boots is one thing. But I wonder if there are negative impacts from trail (or off trail) hiking with untied boots.
We have the existing Q&A Is ankle support a myth? that goes into detail about ankle support, presumably all the linked studies had people wearing properly laced foot wear. I am not asking about ankle support in this question. We also have a Q&A about When is it OK to hike off trail? which is not the subject of this question.
How important is it to "properly" lace and tie your boots when hiking? Can I just hike in boots without laces at all?