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Lacing Techniques

The Basics

Modern running shoes are designed to fit your feet as comfortably as possible. However, we are all different, whether that’s naturally how we are or because of injuries, medical conditions or simply the running style that we have.

We at Running Bear would like to show you a few simple techniques that can help influence your performance, improve comfort and fit, so make sure to try them out and adopt the best ones for you.

Tension

Before we look at different lacing techniques, the most important thing to consider is how tight your laces should be.

Tying your shoes too tight can cause inflammation of the instep, or can even stop proper blood flow. Having them too loose, on the other hand, your toes will constantly be holding the shoe in place without you even realizing it, which can end in blisters, painful cramping, long-lasting muscle tension and injury.

Therefore, make sure to tie your laces tight enough so that your shoes are not loose, your heel does not lift and the overall fit is nice and snug. But not so tight that you can feel excessive pressure anywhere on the foot.

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Generally Wide Feet

By following this pattern, the entire shoe will become less tight across the entire foot and give you that much needed space:

Narrow Feet

Over-tightening laces to get grip can distort the shoe shape and make it uncomfortable. This technique provides a more natural grip & tighter feel:

Wide Forefoot

If your forefoot feels tight within your shoe you can relieve this pressure by following this pattern:

Feet Swelling

We all know feet swell during our runs. If this causes you a problem in your shoe, why not try this technique to keep you comfortable:

One Area too Tight on Top

By missing out a lace cross-over at the point you feel the pressure, you can relieve some tension, only where you need to:

General Tightness on Top

This lacing is also called “parallel lacing” and should ease the pressure on the top of your foot, often as a result of having high arches for example:

Bunny Ears (Ankle Lock)

Referred to as Bunny Ears or Ankle Locks, this technique will help close the entrance to the shoe and grip your ankle to prevent your heel from lifting: