The 5 Ways To Lace Your Running Shoes

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While it may seem easy to tie your running shoes, there’s more than one way to knot a standard shoelace.

In fact, the standard lacing method might not be the best option for your running feet.

Different lacing techniques to try for different foot problems.

For example, if your toes are in pain or your heel is slipping, opting for the proper running shoe knot could fix the problem.

In today’s article, I’ll share with you my favorite running shoe lacing tips and guidelines as well as the problems and issues they can solve, as well as how to try them for yourself.

Sounds great?

Let’s get started.

Heel-Lock Lacing

Experience heel slipping up and down while running? This method should help.

Also known as the marathon loop, as the name implies, this technique helps keep your heel from slipping up and down your running shoes by limiting excessive movement of your foot in the shoe.

As a bonus, you also limit friction that causes excess wear and blister.

The Method

Keep your running shoes laced normally by crisscrossing the lace until you reach the top two eyelets, including the extra eyelet on the top.

Next, pull each lace up on the same side, skip the eyelet that second to the top, then insert the laces normally into the top eyelet on that side, going toward the outside of the shoe. Then form a loop. (This should create two small loops, one on each side of the shoe.)

Finally, tighten the laces and tie them in the usual way. Just make sure not to tighten too much as this can place extra pressure on the front of your ankle, which can be quite painful.

Overall Wide Feet

If your shoes feel too narrow because of your wide feet, try this lacing technique that loosens the entire shoe and provides your foot more space.

Skipping every second row allows for the shoes to open, which could be enough to let you run comfortably and pain-free.

The Method

Start by lacing in a normal-crisscross way, then skip one or two eyelets on both sides. Last up, tight up against your shoes as usual.

You know you’re doing it right when you see horizontal laces all the way up the shoe rather than crossing over in an X pattern.

The Window Lacing

Foot getting numb or irritated while running? Then you probably have a high instep.

When you have a high instep, the top of your foot is a little bigger in the middle and near your ankle.

This is also common in runners who have high arches.

Also known as box lacing, the window lacing technique will help create that extra room you need for a less annoying fit. This is done by forming a “window” around the sore spot to soothe any pressure on the targeted area without compromising the tension and fit of the midfoot.

The Method

Unlace your shoe from the top three eyelets down to the eyelet just below the pressure point.

From the outside of the shoe, take the end of the lace up and skip a hole, then lace straight up to the next eyelet, crossing the lace over. The lace should run up the outside of the short, then get inserted in the next hole.

Repeat on the inside of the shoe

Continue lacing your sneakers the way you usually do.

For A Wide Forefoot

Looking to relieve tightness in the front of your foot? This method should help.

Although you should get a wide shoe to accommodate a wide foot, this lacing technique may help if it’s too late now.

What’s more?

Making the front of your shoe a bit wider can also help soothe and prevent running bunions.

The Method

Begin by unlacing your shoes all the way to the bottom until it’s threaded straight across the bottom eyelet on the right and left sides. Make sure the lace goes through on both sides.

Starting with the lace on the lateral side of your shoe, lace up to the second hole from inside and push it through, then do the same for the other side.

Repeat the method all the way up the shoe, then tie off as you’d normally do at the top.

For Black Toenails – Diagonal Lacing

Have a history of toenail pressure or black toenails?  This method can help, especially your shoes are too tight or too short at the toe.

Diagonal Lacing helps lift the toe box, providing the toes more wiggle room and releasing some of three pressure of them.

The Method

Unlace your shoe completely. Starting on the side of the shoe, thread the end of the shoelace into the bottom eyeleted closest to your big toe.

Start lacing from the eyelet at your big toe to the eyelet at the top on the opposite side. Then crisscross by threading the lace at each bottom diagonally and at the top parallel to each hole. (The lace has to go diagonally across the entire shoe.)

Once you reach the top, tie the lace as normal.

Tips on Shoe Laces

Lacing technique aside, the quality of the laces also matters.

Most running shoes feature laces that are long enough for different lacing methods, so you should be able to try any of these lacing techniques using your current laces.

But if the laces are too short—or already worn out—get new ones that suit both the length and shape of your shoes.

Having problems with your knots? Try switching from round to flat laces or the other way around. You can also try natural fibers such as cotton as well as ones made from synthetic fabrics, then see which one works the best for you.

Get The Right Shoes

Although lacing techniques do help, the best way to ensure a good fit is to choose the right running shoes in the first place.

If you’re not sure how to pick a pair of shoes that suits your foot type and running needs, head to the nearest running specialty store and ask for help there. You can also check my full guide here.


 There you have it ! Now you know more than average runner how to lace your running shoes for the perfect fit and comfort. The rest is really up to you.

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In the meantime thank you for dropping by.

David D.