COULD YOUR SHOE LACES BE THE KEY TO A MORE COMFY RUN?
January 07, 2014
Shoe fitting? Check. Moisture wicking socks? Check. Learn to tie your shoes? Huh?
Yes! There is a correct and incorrect way to tie your running shoe laces. According to howtorunamarathon.net, most of us revert to tying our shoes much like we learned as kids. Tie them as tight as possible. But as the site notes, "take a look at the back of your hand. You may be able to see the blue veins that carry deoxygenated blood from your hands, back to your lungs for a fresh supply of oxygen. Your feet are built in the same fashion. Most people put their shoes on the same way. They pull the laces taut, so the shoe will not slip. When tying running shoes like this, the circulation to the rest of the foot and even body is slightly restricted."
Our friend over at katieRUNSthis covers the "Loop Lacing Lock," as well as other lacing techniques to accommodate common running feet challenges (wide feet, heel slippage, black toenails, etc.)
But first, let's check out the "Loop Lacing Lock," her site suggests......
"To accomplish the loop lacing lock, put each lace end back into the same hole it just exited, leaving a small loop on each side. Then thread each loose end through the loop on the opposite side of the shoe. Pull tight to make loops smaller. Then tie shoe as usual." And Voila, you are locked and ready to go! If you are more visual, check out the video below! The British accents will make it particularly enjoyable!