If you’re a keen runner, you’ll know that one of the most annoying things to happen during a race or practice is for your shoes to become untied, or for them to slip so much they render your feet blistered and sore. If you’re trying to run for the first time and the same thing happens to you… well, let’s just say that may ruin your chances of ever becoming an Olympic runner because it could put you off running for good. The best way to avoid early fatigue and running shoe pain is to tie them properly. But how do you do that?
How not to tie your shoes
Many people will tie their shoes and running sneakers in the same way they’ve been tying them since they were a child – whether this is using the ‘Bunny Ears’ technique or any other way your parents taught you when you were younger. However, these techniques leave your shoes susceptible to movement, because they are simply not tight enough to keep the shoes on your feet without slipping. So ditch the bunny ears, and try out the right way to tie your running shoes.
The Loop Lacing Lock
The Loop Lacing Lock technique is also often called the ‘runner’s tie’ because it has been proven to be the most beneficial for runners and running shoes, and utilizes the extra pair of eyelets at the top of your running shoes. If you tie it this way, you’ll reduce the amount of heel slippage you get when you move your feet up and down, to reduce blisters and get the most out of your shoes. To do the Loop Lacing Lock, follow these steps:
1. Lace up the eyelets in your shoes as you normally would, keeping the eyelet at the top of your shoe free. There should be two eyelets left – one on the right, and one on the left.
2. Next, take the left lace of your shoe and thread it from the outside-in in the top eyelet and thread half of it to the inside of the shoe. This should leave you with a loop on the outside of the shoe. Repeat this on the left side, so you have two loops on the outside, with the ends of the laces inside the shoe.
3. Now, cross both ends of your laces and insert the ends into the loops on the opposite sides, e.g., take your right lace and insert it into the left loop.
4. Pull your laces down, so that you tighten them against your foot. These loops will create a firm and stable lock – but don’t pull it so tight it becomes uncomfortable!
5. Finally, grab both of your laces and tie them in a normal knot however you find most comfortable.