How to Tie Laces in a Sherpa Knot

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How to Tie Laces in a Sherpa Knot
A Sherpa knot or locked lacing is a type of lace-tying commonly used for running shoes and rock climbing. (run image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

The Sherpa knot, commonly known as "lock lacing," is a type of lacing that locks a running shoe in place, preventing heel slippage. Lock lacing is a useful technique for runners who run downhill as well as rock climbers who wish to prevent excess movement or twisting of their shoe while climbing. The technique offers more leverage, much like a pulley, which helps pull the lacing into a tight bind. The Sherpa knot can be tied by using a high lock, low lock or a looped lock.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lace the shoe as you would a regular running shoe, criss-crossing from left to right with both ends of the shoelace. Lace the shoe until both ends of the lace emerge through the second set of the shoe's eyelets from the top. The laces should be coming out on top of the shoe, from the eyelets.

  2. 2

    Run both ends of the shoelace straight up and feed them into the very top eyelet on both sides of the shoe. The laces will now be coming out from under the flap of the shoe

  3. 3

    Cross both ends of the lace over each other and pull them under the vertical sections of the lace you created from the first and second eyelet. You can then tie the remaining lace in a single or double knot, whichever you prefer.

  1. 1

    Lace the shoe as you would a regular running shoe, criss-crossing from left to right with both ends of the shoelace. Lace the shoe until both ends of the lace emerge through the third eyelet from the top of the shoe. The laces should be coming out on top of the shoe, from the eyelets.

  2. 2

    Cross both ends of the lace over each other and pull them under and out through the very top eyelet of the shoe. Run both laces straight down and feed them into the second set of eyelets from the top.

  3. 3

    Cross both ends of the laces over each other again and pull them under the vertical sections of the lace you created from the first and second eyelet. You can then tie the remaining lace in a single or double knot, whichever you prefer. This knot acts much like the high lock but is slightly lower down on the shoe.

  1. 1

    Lace the shoe as you would a regular running shoe, criss-crossing from left to right with both ends of the shoelace. Lace the shoe until both ends of the lace emerge from the very top eyelet of the shoe. The laces should be coming out on top of the shoe, from the eyelets.

  2. 2

    Loop each end of the lace in a slight circle and feed it back into the same eyelet from which it emerged, ensuring that you don't pull it back all the way out for the time being.

  3. 3

    Cross both ends of the lace over each other and feed the end of the lace through the loop you created earlier on the other side of the shoe. With the ends of the laces through the loop, you can pull tightly now without losing the loop. You can tie the remaining lace in a single or double knot, whichever you prefer. While the loop lock won't provide the same tightness as the high or low lock, it does lock the lace tighter, which can be beneficial if you have slippery laces.

Tips and warnings

  • If you experience heel slippage after using a Sherpa knot, it could be due to the fact your shoes are too big for your feet.

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