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Thinking About Our Feet! How to Lace Your Shoes to Fit Right.

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Most of us take our shoes & feet for granted... Theres nothing worse than a shoe with heel slippage.

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How to Lace Your Shoes to Fit
By Wendy Bumgardner
Updated April 25, 2016


Lacing Your Shoes. PeopleImages.com/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Shoe lacing techniques can help with shoe fit problems. You may think the shoes are the problem, but often you can change how you lace them and get a better fit. Learn how to lace your shoes to correct common problems with a narrow heel, wide instep, narrow foot and heel slippage.

Changing your lacing pattern will affect the fit of the shoe, so use caution after making a change and test it over shorter distances.

https://www.verywell.com/lace-your-shoes-to-fit-right-3436348
 

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Shoelacing technique to avoid heel slippage. Wendy Bumgardner ©

To keep your heel in the heel cup of the shoe, lace your shoes to form a "lace lock" at the top of your shoe.

This will allow you to tie the shoe tightly at the top without narrowing the fit for the rest of the shoe.
  • Lace up from the bottom of the next to last eyelet.
  • Then lace over and down through the top eyelet on the same side to form a "bunny ear."
  • Do the same for the other side.
  • Now lace through the opposite "bunny ear" you formed between those two eyelets.
  • Now when you tie your shoe, you can get a good tight fit at the ankle but keep it loose over the rest of the top of the foot.
 

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Lacing for a Narrow Foot


Shoelacing Technique for a Narrow Foot. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Use this lacing pattern for a narrow foot. If your shoe has two sets of eyelets on each side, lace through the ones farthest from the tongue. This will draw the two sides of the shoe together more snugly.

If that is not enough, then use the "lace lock" as with the heel slippage, only between the second and third eyelet. This keeps the laces from loosening.

  • Lace down through the next eyelet on the same side to form a "bunny ear."
  • Do the same for the other side.
  • Now lace through the opposite "bunny ear" you formed between those two eyelets.
  • Continue lacing diagonally. You will have formed a lace lock.

Changing your lacing pattern will affect the fit of the shoe, so use caution after making a change and test it over shorter distances.

Shoe Lacing for a Wide Foot and High Instep

Shoelacing Technique for Wide Foot. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Use this lacing pattern for a wide foot and a high instep. If the shoe has two sets of eyelets on each side, lace through the set closest to the tongue.

For more room, use the over and under technique pictured. This will give space for expansion, and tightening the laces won't overly tighten the fit.

  • From the bottom, lace up through the first eyelets.
  • Cross the laces over and lace down through the second eyelets.
  • Don't cross over, lace up through the third set of eyelets.
  • Cross over and lace down through the fourth set of eyelets.
  • Don't cross over, lace up through the fifth set of eyelets
  • Cross over and lace up through the sixth set of eyelets.
  • Continue until you have used all of the eyelets you wish to use, then tie your bow.
Changing your lacing pattern will affect the fit of the shoe, so use caution after making a change and test it over shorter distances.


Lacing for a Narrow Heel and Wide Forefoot

Two Shoelacing Techniques for Narrow Heel and Wide Forefoot. Wendy Bumgardner ©

If you have a narrow heel and a wide forefoot, you are probably always frustrated. When the heel fits, the forefoot is too narrow, if the forefoot fits, the heel slips around.


Solution 1: Use two sets of laces. You should buy two shorter laces and lace the bottom 3 eyelets with one lace and the top eyelets with another lace. Then you will be able to adjust the width and tension for each set of laces. The drawback is that you have two chances now of having a "blowout" on each foot. You can probably do a permanent knot for the lower set of laces, or use Ian's Knot or a lacekeeper solution to keep them tied:


Solution 2: Use a combination of the wide forefoot over-and-under technique and the narrow heel lace lock technique.

  • From the bottom, lace up through the first eyelets.
  • Cross the laces over and lace down through the second eyelets.
  • Don't cross over, lace up through the third set of eyelets.
  • Cross over and lace down through the fourth set of eyelets.
  • Don't cross over, lace up through the fifth set of eyelets
  • Cross over and lace up through the sixth set of eyelets.
  • Don't cross over, lace down through the seventh set of eyelets, forming a "bunny ear"
  • Now lace through the opposite "bunny ear" you formed between those two eyelets.
  • Now when you tie your shoe, you can get a good tight fit at the ankle but keep it loose over the rest of the top of the foot.

Changing your lacing pattern will affect the fit of the shoe, so use caution after making a change and test it over shorter distances.

Sources:

1. American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Lacing Techniques for Proper Shoe Fit.
2. New Balance Shoes: Product Insert - Lacing for Better Fit.
 

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Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot

Also known as the "Double Slip Knot", this is a secure shoelace knot with a simple, symmetrical method of tying: Cross two loops and pass them both through the "hole" in the middle. Great for serious sports or for securing slippery laces.

Years after creating this knot, I found out that my new knot was not new and that I had simply re-invented an existing knot. See my Technical Infopage for more details.


Step 1:
Tie a Left-over-Right Starting Knot as shown, then make both laces into "loops" by simply doubling them back onto themselves. People often refer to these as "Bunny Ears".


Step 2:
Cross the two loops over each other so that the right (blue) loop ends up in front and the left (yellow) loop ends up behind. The yellow loop is now the right loop.


Step 3:
Begin to wrap the right (yellow) loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.


Step 4:
At the same time, begin to wrap the left (blue) loop around the back. You will end up with the ends of both loops on opposite sides of the "hole" in the middle.


Step 5:
Feed both ends of the loops through the hole in the middle. The right (yellow) loop goes out the back and the left (blue) loop comes out the front.


Step 6:
Now, simply pull the loops to tighten the knot. The whole twisted mess of the previous drawing will rearrange itself into a neat finished knot. Trust me, it works!

Finished Knot

The finished knot should be a tight, closed knot with a symmetrical, double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of either my Ian Knot or any Standard Shoelace Knot.

NOTE: If your finished knot looks uneven or twisted, it may easily be "worked" into a neat result as follows: Pull on the loose ends slightly as though untying the laces; this will bring the outer wraps of the knot together. Then, pull on the loops once again to re-tighten the knot; this will neaten up the inner parts.

How Much More Secure?
My own testing shows that the Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot needs almostthree times the tension to pull it undone than either the Ian Knot or any Standard Shoelace Knot. See myTechnical Info page for more details.

This extra security is fast becoming indispensable as more and more shoes nowadays are sold with round, slippery laces. It's also great for people who are very active on their feet, such as when playing serious sports, mountain climbing or even dancing, as well as for yachties whose boat shoes are constantly getting wet. See my Testimonialspage to read some of the varied benefits that others have discovered.

NOTE: For normal activities, the Ian Knot or other standard knots should be quite secure. I believe that many people seek more secure knots because they are, without realizing, tying their shoelaces with an un-balanced "Granny Knot". Please see my Granny Knot page that discusses this in detail.

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/secureknot.htm
 

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Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot
I like this, thank you. I usually tie my laces in a double knot because they come loose & trip me.
I will definitely try this !!
 

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Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot
And all this time I thought my wife was just a kook as she uses this method and says that is the way her mother taught her. Now that has been a long time ago, as the wife is 68, so more than 60 years, her mom immigrated here right from England (love the blue eyes still) after WWI.
 
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Nice thread. Up until last year tying shoelaces meant standing on one foot and speed tying before I'd fall over. After some backpacking misery I learned how putting pressure around the apex of the arch made a whale of a difference.

Bad shoe fit can he hellish.
 

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Having a wide foot, I always buy one size above, then add an insole-insert... so my toes don't get scrunched.
I also never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
Working construction all my life (steel-toe shoes & boots), this "habit" has preserved my feet from a lot of pain.
 

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For those of us who use boots that lace up...

http://www.taclace.com/

I love this product... I have no affiliation other than a customer with this firm.
 

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It's more simple to keep you laces tied than you can even imagine. If your laces come loose it's because you are wrapping your 'X' backwards.

Force of habit is a tough thing to break. If my laces come undone I simply rebuild the X and walk abou worry free the rest of the day.