Customize the Fit of Your Running Shoes With These Lacing Techniques

Nothing is more important than comfortable fitting running shoes. Did you know that you can customize the fit of your running shoes by using different lacing techniques? Try these running shoe lacing techniques to improve your comfort level on your next workout.

Lock Lacing- Prevents Heel Slippage

Lock lacing your running shoes will help prevent heel slippage. Start by lacing your shoes normally until the lace ends emerge from the second set of eyelets. 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 your shoes normally. Refer to the above video for further instruction.

Loop-Lacing Lock

This method of lacing is great for a secure fitting running shoe. Lace the shoes normally then put each lace end back through the last hole to create a small loop on the top side of the shoe. Thread each lace through the loop on the opposite side, pull and tie normally to create a tight closure.

Lacing Techniques

High-Instep Lacing

Try this lacing technique if you have a high instep. Lace the shoes in a normal criss-cross pattern until you reach the hot spot. Instead of going across the hot spot lace straight up to the next eyelet the continue on in a regular pattern.

Wide Forefoot Lacing

If you have a wide forefoot try this type of lacing to reduce pressure. 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. Some brands offer a wider size running shoe. If this lacing technique doesn't work for you seek out a running shoe made for wide feet.

I hope you've found these running shoe lacing techniques helpful. Check out the Sierra Trading Post Buying Guide for more tips on Running Shoes or check out these related blog posts:

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Andy Hawbaker
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