Monday, August 27, 2007

Tied to be fit- Of Shoes and Laces

Still tying your shoes just the way you learned in kindergarten?

Maybe it's time to try a new technique. Many problems in athletic shoes can be solved by adjusting the lacing pattern, says Tom Brunick, a footwear expert and director of the Athlete's Foot Weart Test Center.

Below, you'll also find link to Ian's Shoe Lace Site for more details and images.

After you've chosen the best shoe for your activity, he says, "try customising the fit with these techniques":

Problem 1: High instep

Skip the criss-cross technique and tie laces at the tongue of the shoe.

Problem 2: Wide forefoot

Skip the criss-cross at the widest point of foot.

Problem 3: Heel slips in shoe

Use a criss cross lacing pattern, and use a loop-lacing technique on the last eyelet if the shoe heel feels too wide for your feet.

Problem 4: Narrow foot

Use a loop-lacing technique to double the laces over the midfoot area.

Loop Lacing Lock

Stick 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, pull to create a super-tight closure.

Ian's shoe lace site explains this in detail with images.

Pictures from Runners World

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