Lacing Techniques You Should Use For Your Run

Everyone knows the fundamental usage of shoelaces: comfort. When your shoes are too tight, you loosen them, just like how you would tighten them if your shoes are too loose. As the ever-snarky Sherlock Holmes would quip, “It is elementary.

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Without straying from its purpose, runners ought to have the knowledge of the different lacing techniques available. Each style caters to a different foot structure, so it would be helpful to find one that best accommodates yours, therefore minimising the chances of being afflicted by niggling post-run foot cramps are soreness. Here are a few good examples.

Remedies: Toe Pain

This is an interesting technique for a common problem, and it is fairly simple, too. The end result should help ease the pressure on your toes, giving them more breathing room. To start, take the end of the lace that is further away from your big toe and connect it to the last eyelet on the opposite side, forming a diagonal line. Then, take the other end of the lace and thread it through the remaining eyelets in a zigzag fashion. 

Remedies: High Arches

This technique helps create space down the middle of your shoes to better fit your high arches. While it is similar to the standard lacing, the difference lies in the second and third row of eyelets; instead of crisscrossing them like you normally would, you take both ends of the laces and go over the eyelets instead.

Remedies: Narrow Heels

Also known as Lock Lacing, this technique helps tighten the heel section of your shoes, so it is useful for both narrow heels and heel slippage. Simply lace up as you normally would, save at the end, where you should thread the ends of your laces between the last two rows of eyelets, underneath the lace.

Remedies: Wide Forefoot

This technique best suits runners who constantly experience pressure across the toes, especially in new shoes.  It alleviates this by providing more space at the front of your shoes. Again, it is similar to the standard lacing, except that instead of zigzagging the second row of eyelets, you thread the laces underneath and out.

"With just a slight alteration, you are able to manipulate these laces to work for you."

With these techniques, one common denomination you would have noticed is that they are all slight variations of the standard lacing pattern. With just a slight alteration, you are able to manipulate these laces to work for you. From here on, the possibilities are endless. Understand how laces work, and then control them. You owe it to your feet.

 

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