For most people, when you purchase a new pair of running shoes, chances are you don’t really give much thought to the laces.
Most people are more interested in the materials, structure, and build of the shoes and neglect the laces.
This is not unusual, and the most that people take note of for the laces on a new pair of shoes is just how clean and bright it is, compared to older worn-out shoes.
Although regular lacing of the laces does a decent job at supporting your feet and holding them together, changing up the way you lace your shoes can really affect how comfy you feel in your shoes.
Did you know that besides the usual way of lacing shoes, there are many other creative ways to do it that can even complement your shoes and make them more comfy than before?
In fact, the way that your laces are laced can affect your pressure points, toenails, cause irritation, or other foot woes.
That is why it is really important to find a good lacing style that suits your feet and to change things up every once in a while for relief and comfort.
Read on to find out how you can change up your laces to get a more comfortable pair of running shoes or sneakers!
Finding out if your shoes fit
Before we even begin, the most important thing to check is whether your shoes are actually suitable for you.
If your shoes don’t fit, it will not help no matter how you lace your shoes.
Most people simply look at whether there is an appropriate amount of space (about two fingers spacing at the back of the heel) to check if a pair of shoes are the right size or not.
However, there is much more behind the workings on whether a pair of shoes fit you or not.
First, you need to check that the overall shape of your foot fits the shoe.
Start by looking at the widest part of your foot, usually at the front right before your toes.
This area should correspond to the widest part of the shoe that you are wearing.
Next, tie your laces together tightly, but not make your feet uncomfortable.
Hold your index and middle finger together, placing them at the tongue of the shoe.
Make sure your fingers are facing towards your toes.
Check to see if the eyelets (where the laces go through) touch your fingers slightly.
If you can only fit one finger between the eyelets, it means the shoes are too big a size.
Similarly, if you can fit three or more fingers between the eyelets, it means the shoes are too small for you and it has been stretched too much at the top.
Wearing a pair of shoes or sneakers of the wrong size will not only be uncomfortable, but it can also cause irritation for your feet and even increase the risk of injury.
Before you start finding a good style to lace your shoes, you have to begin with a pair of shoes of the right size so that the laces can actually work and do their job well.
The first lacing style is called the heel lock.
This is a very common way to lace your shoes, and it helps to prevent your heels from slipping.
By doing so, it can prevent painful blisters which is a common form of irritation and discomfort when wearing a new pair of shoes.
What this method does is to tighten the circumference of the shoe around the heel.
However, make sure to avoid using it when running long distances or over the long term as this lacing style can also put pressure on the tendons at the top of your foot, inhibiting ankle mobility and causing soreness.
To do the heel lock lace, start by weaving your left shoelace through the topmost eyelet on the right, heading inwards towards the shoe.
Create a loop on the outside of the shoe by stopping halfway, and do the same for the other side. Criss-cross the shoelaces before putting the left end of your shoelace through the earlier created loop on the right.
Do so for the other side. Once weaved in properly, pull on the ends of the laces to make them taut, securing the loops.
End off by tying the shoelaces as per normal.
Similar to the heel lock, the heel slipping method also secures the feet and prevents your heel from slipping.
Start by lacing your shoelaces normally, then keep the top two eyelets unlaced.
Instead of weaving through the second set of eyelets, skip it and head for the topmost eyelet, weaving the laces through it and ending the lacing going outwards of the shoes.
End by tying the shoelaces as per normal.
This method has a similar function as the heel lock but is an easier and faster method if you are short on time, or just lazy.
For those who have wider feet
Some people face more discomfort than others due to the fact that they have wider feet.
It can be hard for them to find a pair of shoes that fits well and hugs the wider areas snugly.
To make up for these, they may have to lace their shoes differently.
To help shoes hug wider feet snugly, start by unlacing the shoe all the way, leaving the shoelace weaved in only at the bottom row of eyelets. Continue to lace up the shoe, leaving a row of eyelets as a gap in between the weaving.
End off by tying your shoelaces as per normal.
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to lacing a pair of running shoes.
Finding a good way to lace your shoes that suits your needs is important.
It will not only improve the comfort of your shoes, it can also enhance your performance and prevent soreness and injuries.
As such, don’t hesitate to learn these lacing styles by heart and find the one that works best for you.