How To Lace Your Shoe

Wide foot, narrow foot, high instep...? Here's a lacing solution for your problem

Posted: 18 June 2002

Loop-lacing lock
This is a great way to create a secure, tight fit. Just put each lace end back into the same hole it just exited, leaving a small loop on the top side of the shoe; now thread each loose end through the loop on the opposite side; then pull to create a supertight closure.

Loop-lacing lock

For a high instep
Problem: High instep.
Solution: Start with normal criss-cross lacing, but over the midfoot feed the laces up each side of the shoe. Finish with the criss-cross technique at the top.
Problem: Wide forefoot.
Over the width of your foot just feed the laces up each side of the shoe, again using the criss-cross technique at the top.

For a wide forefoot

For a narrow foot
Problem: Narrow foot.
Using the loop-lacing lock halfway up the shoe doubles the laces over your midfoot, ensuring a tight fit.
Problem: Heel slipping in your shoe.
Lace the shoe using the normal criss-cross technique, then tie a loop-lacing lock on the last eyelet.

To stop heel slippage

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there is a tip in the gear section about laces. i just tie them normally then tuck them under the criss-crosses. easy. i have done this for years and the laces have never come undone. i wonder if rw could have a small tips section?
Posted: 21/08/2002 at 15:53

I do the same - works a treat!
Posted: 04/09/2002 at 22:56

I have a problem with my heel slipping in my left shoe only, tried the usual tying techniques but without sucess, any ideas please.
Posted: 09/09/2002 at 22:50

The spongy laces I got with some Nikes came undone repeatedly. The string laces I have with my Asics are fine: once done up, they stay done up. It's not necessarily a question of how you tie the laces but whether they are of a type which tends to stay done up/tends to come undone.
If you have laces which come undone a lot, it's worth salvaging a different type from a discarded pair of older shoes, to see if they stay tied better.
I once superglued some laces in a race, to ensure they would stay tied. Needless to say, they did!

Posted: 26/09/2002 at 20:54

Have problems with my new Nike. The tongue keeps slipping to the one side of the trainer, have I tied the laces incorrectly or is my Nike faulty??

Posted: 05/10/2002 at 17:32

Why not try elastic laces as used by us Tri types - you don't even need to tie them.
Approx £5 a pair and will last for several pairs of shoes (mine are in their 4th pair of shoes) - say goodbye to laces coming undone forever !
Posted: 05/10/2002 at 22:02

Double knots no probs........
And mine are Nikes.....
Posted: 06/10/2002 at 01:22

I have just finished the GNR with my wife who complained about her foot slipping forward in her shoe which caused her big toe to hit the front of the shoe each time she put her foot down. She now has a pair of nicely bruised toes. If she ties the shoes any tighter, she loses all feeling in her feet. Any suggestions?
Posted: 08/10/2002 at 17:43

LightFoot - I suffer from the same problem with the tongue slipping to the side. I've tried different lacing styles and can't solve it. Currently wondering whether a style of shoe which allows the laces to be crossed through a loop on the tongue would prevent this - if you've got a loop give it a go and let me know!
Posted: 08/10/2002 at 17:48

Running Bare - I have a pair with tongue loops and find it definitely helps to help misplaced tongues (oo-er!)
Posted: 08/10/2002 at 20:12

thanks, the loop on the tongue does help in my old pair of trainers. But when you have to paid £120 for a pair of nike shox, you expect it to be good. strangely, its first time i encountered the problem.
Posted: 08/10/2002 at 21:45

Richard Spink. Hi Richard, :-)))

Surely your wifes shoes are too big for her !!! With the longest toe at the front of the shoe, the little finger should just slide between the back of the shoe and her heel. There should be no need to tighten the laces more than neccessary. In fact , I would have thought that this would have a detremental effect on her comfort.
Posted: 09/10/2002 at 10:43

silly me, I've just found the tongue loop on my Shox :P lol, the design concealed it.
Posted: 13/10/2002 at 12:34

Kevin - I have a similar problem, and solved it by cutting a chunk off an old insole and using double sided sticky tape (very Blue Peter) to stick it in at the heel.

It comes unstuck once in a while, but rarely. Other than that it works fine - worth a try anyway :o)

Posted: 13/10/2002 at 13:10

The tongues of my Asics always slip towards the outer side of the shoe despite lacing through the tongue loop. I've tried lacing criss cross and straight across but nothing seems to help.  Any ideas please.


Posted: 10/09/2009 at 18:00

I have exactly the same problem – except it's the little toes that suffer most. No good solution found yet. Running shops insist the shoe size is correct but I'm not so sure. Any further ideas?
Posted: 11/10/2010 at 16:43

I just pull them tight, tie them in a bow then tuck down the side of my trainers.

I can't stand big bows flapping about. They've got to be neat and streamlined.

Posted: 11/10/2010 at 16:57

Im with Cornish Ironman ( could it be cos were both Cornish?) Elastic laces are the answer, they don;t come undone and their easily adjusted, problem solved.
Posted: 11/10/2010 at 19:10

I make sure the knot is a reef not a granny, and the wind-round to make the ears is twice not once. The bows stand out neatly at 90 deg and they never come undone till I pull.
Posted: 12/10/2010 at 00:17

I also wrap them twice before making the bow to stop them loosening, and tuck the loops and ends under the crossing laces. Never have a problem over any terrain.
Posted: 03/01/2011 at 16:51

The first suggestion is the easiest and a completely effective solution. Single bow, then tuck all the ends in to the cross-lacing below. Why not be a clever little tucker too?
Posted: 03/01/2011 at 20:50

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