Shoe Lacing Techniques

Many people underestimate the power of proper lacing. Instead of over tightening your shoes, try these simple techniques to ensure a secure fit.

Forefoot nerves are superficial and easily damaged by shoe laces that are tied too tight. Use the extra eyelet at the top of the shoe to “lock” the laces in place.

Lock lacing for heel slippage – If you experience heel slippage, lock lacing will help. Lace the shoe normally until the lace ends emerge from the second set of eyelets. Then feed the laces up each side and into the top eyelet towards the foot. Now cross laces over, and feed each under the vertical section of the other side. Pull and tie normally.

Loop-lacing lock – This method of lacing is great to ensure a secure fit for any running shoe. After lacing, put each lace end back through the last hole to create a small loop on the top side of the shoe. Thread each loose end through the loop on the opposite side, pull and tie to create a tight closure.

High-instep lacing – If you have a high instep, this lacing technique might make you more comfortable. Start with normal lacing at the bottom, then feed the laces up each side of the shoe and cease to criss-cross. Once at the top, continue the criss-cross technique and tie for a secure closure.

Wide forefoot lacing – If you have a wide forefoot, consider buying shoes especially designed for this. You can also try this simple technique. Begin by feeding the laces up each side of the shoe and only use the criss-crossing technique towards the top. Tie for a secure closure.

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