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Alternative lacing techniques for running shoes

Many common foot issues can be helped with alternative lacing techniques.

We have put together videos showing 3 alternative lacing techniques.


Lock Lacing

The first of these alternative lacing techniques is Lock Lacing. This is a really easy way to stop your shoe from slipping at the heel.  It is also a very handy tip if you get blisters on the back of your heel or you feel that your foot is slipping forward in your shoe.  It utilises the two extra lacing holes at the top of the shoe.  Lace up your shoe as you would normally and then feed the lace backwards through the top hole.  This will create a loop.  Now take the lace from the opposing side and feed it through the loop.  Do this with both sides.  Now when you pull the laces, you should find that it holds the foot quite firmly around the ankle, stopping any heel slippage.


Bunion irritation or pain in the front of your foot?

This technique couldn’t be any simpler.  Unlace the shoe completely.  Now instead of starting the lacing at the 1st set of holes, start it at the 2nd set.  This should instantly reduce pressure across the front of the foot.  It is really helpful if you have a bunion, hammer toe or Morton’s Neuroma.  It also works well with the lock lacing above.

Pain across the top of your foot?

“Top of foot pain” is really common in runners.  It can easily be irritated by the lacing of your shoe.  Undo the laces down to about the 2nd or 3rd set of holes.  Then put your shoe on.  Have a poke and a press to find the area of the shoe that is irritating your foot.  Now start to relace the shoe but at the irritated area don’t cross the laces over as you would normally.  Instead, take the lace straight up the outside of the shoe and feed it into the hole above.  This will eliminate some compression from the painful area.  Once you are past the irritated area, lace the shoes as you normally would.


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