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How to Lace Your Sneaks for Running

After I buy sneakers, I tend to leave the laces just how the sales person left them. Just like keeping the factory setting. Turns out though, standard lacing may not be the best method for many people's feet. has a great "how to" on ways to lace up your running sneakers based on any issues you may have.

Here are highlights:

Problem: Wide forefoot.
Solution: 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.
Problem: Narrow foot.
Solution: Using the loop-lacing lock halfway up the shoe doubles the laces over your midfoot, ensuring a tight fit.

To learn to lace-up for other problems, like having your heel slip in your shoe, click here. Who knew there was a science to tying your shoes?

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EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I also use the wide forefoot one and it really helps cause my feet are quite wide and in addition they swell a bit when I run.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I learned the "wide forefoot" lacing technique a few years ago. It's helped me a lot...I get a lot fewer black toenails now.
marley11 marley11 9 years
i like to tuck the bow underneath the tongue.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I have been using the "Loop-lacing lock" on my running shoes for years. It prevents heel slipping in my shoes.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
This was really useful.. thanks!
millarci millarci 9 years
Thanks for posting this. I have a wide forefoot and this is good to know
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