4 Shoe Lacing Methods You Should Be Using To Improve Shoe Comfort

November 2, 2017

I think I learned to tie my laces when I was about five years old.

Mum and dad introduced me to Mr Bunny Rabbit and his catchy poem and since that point, I have been a guru in shoe tying.

Over, under, around and through,
Meet Mr Bunny Rabbit, pull and through.

It’s that easy!

While many of us are taught at an early age, how to tie our shoelaces, few of us have been taught how to lace our shoes.

Shoes come out of the box traditionally laced in a criss-cross manner and unless you know better, that is how they stay.

This shouldn’t be the case.

Depending on your foot type, complaint or pain, there are numerous other ways you can lace your shoes to improve their comfort and performance.

In this post, we have worked with our team Podiatrist, Tim Maiden, the owner of The Foot Practice, to create a series of short videos that demonstrate four alternative, but useful, lacing methods that you can use.

Lacing for Runners With Narrow Heels or Blisters


Lacing for Runners With Narrow Feet, First Toe Hyperextension or Black Toenails


Lacing for Runners With Bunions or High Arches


Lacing for Runners With High Arches


So That’s It

Four alternative shoe lacing methods that you can add to your athletic toolbox.

As you can see, shoe lacing can be an ever-changing, dynamic process.

Depending on the condition of your feet, you can easily swap between lacing methods to improve the comfort of your shoes and the quality of your training and racing.

Learn More About Tim Maiden


Ben Pulham
Ben Pulham is a former professional triathlete and the founder of Coached, a heart rate training programme that helps you optimise, track and enjoy your training.

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