The hunting-boot (EVbpoµis) was laced up the front, and reached to the calves; the K60opvos (cothurnus) was a high boot reaching to the middle of the leg, and as worn by tragic actors had high soles.
This boot is shiny, laced-up and are reserved for those that love the limelight.
In general, when your kid tries on a pair of cleats, you should be able to slide a finger down the back of the shoe when they are laced up.
For many centuries, corsets almost exclusively laced up the front.
For something a little more intense, OK Studio has a pair that has a laced-up side and a metal crotch zipper.