Different Ways to Lace Running Shoes

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Different Ways to Lace Running Shoes
Replacing shoelaces is a much easier solution than replacing shoes. (shoelaces image by Aleksander from Fotolia.com)

Runners rely on their feet more than any other body part. If a runner's shoes give him trouble, such as pain and discomfort, he's endangering the source of his speed, strength and mobility. Since running shoes can be a costly investment, buying a new pair should be a last resort. Lacing shoes in different ways can make a huge difference in the fit and feel of the shoes, solving a number of different problems.

Hiking Lacing

If a runner feels tightness on the top of her foot, she can solve the problem with hiking lacing. Instead of lacing the first eyelets on opposite sides of the tongue, lace both eyelets on the big toe side. Then pull the lace from the first eyelet through the eyelet directly opposite. After pulling the lace straight, push it through the third eyelet on the same side. Then lace it through the third eyelet on the other side. Repeat until the shoe is tied.

Different Ways to Lace Running Shoes
The centre section is the tongue, while each small hole is called an eyelet. (shoe image by max blain from Fotolia.com)

Lock Lacing

A runner's heel slipping up and down can be a huge nuisance, but tying the shoe more tightly can help the foot remain stable. Lace the shoe normally, until only the two top eyelets remain. When lacing the last eyelets, leave a small open loop of the shoelace on either side. Then cross the laces over each other, slide the end of each lace through the opposite loop, and tie securely over the shoe's tongue.

Segmented Lacing

Segmented lacing can relieve pressure from a particular spot on the top of the foot. It requires two laces for each shoe. Each lace is typically about half the length of an average shoelace. Starting with the bottom three eyelets, lace the shoe in a standard criss cross pattern, with both laces emerging from opposite eyelets and crossing over each other to the next eyelets. Tie the bottom segment. Lace the top three eyelets the same way. The final shoe should feature two bows.

Over-and-Under Lacing

Over-and-under lacing helps shoelaces last longer by cutting down on friction. It's also a quick and convenient way to lace running shoes. Feed the shoelace through the two bottom eyelets, on opposite sides of the shoe's tongue. Next, cross both laces over each other in an X shape. They should be crossed on the inside, against the tongue. Push the laces up through the next set of eyelets and cross them again, this time over the tongue. Repeat, crossing over and then under the tongue, until the final eyelets are laced.

Double Helix Lacing

Double helix lacing is not only a fast and easy method of lacing shoes, but also looks attractive and helps laces last longer through reduced wear and tear. The shoelace runs straight through both bottom eyelets. The right end of the lace should be pulled over the eyelet, while the left end comes up through the eyelet, against the shoe's tongue. Next, cross the two laces over each other and insert them into the second eyelets. Each time the laces go through the eyelets, one should be over the tongue and the opposite lace should be against the tongue. Repeat until the shoe is tied at the top.

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