Best ways to lace your shoes to make them more comfortable

Best ways to lace your shoes to make them more comfortable
14 January 2021

Best ways to lace your shoes to make them more comfortable

Are your shoes killing you?

Were they once comfortable?

When purchasing shoes, there are lots of things to consider. Your foot shape, what activities you will use the shoe for, how frequently you will be using the shoes, and the condition or environment when using your shoes. You should always pick the shoes that support your feet, and provides the most comfort.

Most shoes come pre-laced, but did you know there are different ways to lace your shoes that can make your shoes more comfortable?

Here are lacing techniques that address some foot issues.


Issue: Pain in the arch

Do you feel pin and needles or pain in the arch of your foot? Your shoes may be too tight and restricting blood flow causing your feet to feel uncomfortable.

Solution: Lace your shoes to open the midsole area.

Lacing Instructions:

  • Start by lacing the shoes normally with the criss cross style
  • When you reach the 2nd eyelet, thread the lace over to the 3rd eyelet and under to the 4th eyelet
  • Continue with the criss cross lacing from the 5th eyelets upwards.

Note:

  • This lacing style is similar to the low box lacing
  • You may need slighly shorter lacing.
  • Make sure the lace ends aren't to long, if they are, they will become untied more often

Shoelace used: 120cm polka dot shoelace


Issue: Is there enough room around the forefoot?

Do you experience discomfort around your knuckles of your toes? It could mean your shoelace is too tight around the front of your shoes. Lacing your shoes with a box allows more breathing room for your feet.

Solution: Lace your shoes to allow more space at the front of your shoes

Lacing Instructions:

  • Start by lacing the shoes normally
  • Thread the lace vertically to the 2nd and 3rd eyelet
  • Continue with the criss cross lacing from the 4th eyelets upwards.

Note:

  • This lacing style is similar to the mid box lacing
  • You may need slighly shorter lacing.
  • Make sure the lace ends aren't to long, if they are, they will become untied more often

Shoelace used: 120cm flat reflective shoelace


Issue: Are your heels slipping? Or getting blisters around your heels?

Blistered are caused by the shoes rubbing against your feet. You want to tie your shoes tighter around your ankles. You can do this with the runner's loop.

Solution: Tighten the top with lock lacking.

Lacing Instructions:

  • Start by lacing the shoes normally with the criss cross style
  • When you reach the second last eyelet, lace them vertically, this will form your lock lacing.

Note:

  • You may need slighly longer lacing.

Shoelace used: 120cm round reflective quarter shoelace


Issue: Are you getting toe pains or black toenails?

This is commonly caused by shoes that are too small, however sometimes you have chosen the correct sized shoes but they designed the shoes to have a small toe box, or that your toenails are angled upwards, try lacing your shoes this way. It helps lift the front giving more space in your toebox.

Solution: Relieve pressure by lifting the shoes with this lacing method.

Lacing Instructions:

  • Start by threading about 40 cm of shoelace from the eyelet closes to the toe to the top of the shoe.
  • Thread in a zig zag lacing with the other end.
  • When done, you may need to take time and adjust the shoelace accordingly.

Note:

  • Start by lacing the shoes normally with the criss cross style

Shoelace used: 120cm waxed flat shoelace


To conclude

There's no reason why you can't try all lacing techniques at once, or simply mix and match different techniques for your different shoes.

It takes time to try the different lacing styles, let us know in the comments below if you have tried out these styles.

When you figured the best way to lace your shoes, make sure your shoelaces too long, if they are they will come untied more often. Check out our huge range of shoelaces.

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