Each pair of feet is unique. Did you know lacing techniques could affect your fit and comfort? Sometimes, these little things really do matter. Using the right lacing techniques and proper knots can really make a difference in your running performance. By adjusting your laces right, you could relieve pressures on certain parts of your foot, giving you a more comfortable run.

Here are a few lacing techniques to keep in mind! It could come real in handy!

Wide Feet


If you have wide feet, the above lacing technique will help solve your inconveniences. Indeed there are some brands these days that offer shoes for people with wider feet, but if there is a particular model slash brand that you really like that does not offer the wide feet alternative, this lacing technique could be your saviour!

Narrow Feet

This is a more uncommon problem, probably more common among females but still uncommon. However is you are encountering this, having a proper fit is a must. The shoe must not be too roomy. This form of lacing tightens the shoe more than usual, perfect for the narrow feet.

High Arch/Gap Lacing

Having a high arch commonly causes you to underpronate – meaning they are vulnerable to the outward rolling motion when running. This may cause discomfort while running. This particular lacing technique will provide your arch with some support, preventing supination from getting in your way of comfort.

Too Tight On Top? – Lydiard Lacing

This way of lacing up is also known as “parallel lacing” or “straight bar lacing”, best tried if the top of your shoes feel tight or bind. Comfort with just changing your lacing method.

High Midfoot?

Other than the high arch lacing technique, the overpronators may also benefit from this kind of lacing technique. This lacing technique helps improve stability.

Flat Feet?

This lacing technique isn’t to cure flat feet but is surely to enhance your running experience. This lacing technique prevents overstretching of the plantar and medial tendons. This may relieve your discomfort after a run.

Loop Lacing Lock To Prevent Heel Slipping

Fondly known as the “runner’s tie” as the top of your shoe will resemble a tie being knotted. This method is best used to minimise heel slippage.

Start by lacing up all the way to the second top eyelet as per normal using your preferred method. Then, run lace ends straight up on the outside and in through the top eyelet. Cross the lace ends, and pass them over the opposing vertical section. Using this method to tie your shoelaces will ensure that when you pull in the shoelaces to tie, you will also be increasing your foot security.

Now, you can have a more comfortable run utilizing the right lacing techniques for you!

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