Check out the laces – Nassau Guardian

When buying new walking or running shoes, you need to consider a number of factors, including foot type, activity type, mileage, and environment. One of the things we don’t think about is how shoelaces, shoelaces, help support and protect your feet.

Most shoes are pre-laced, but there are a variety of lace-up techniques to make your shoes more comfortable, customized, and support your foot.

There are many ways to tie laces, but tying them can affect the feel and fit of your shoes. Most people do not change their laces after leaving the store, but it is beneficial to change the laces to suit a particular foot condition. Below are some examples of how to tie shoelaces.

High arch lace helps reduce tightness and provides a comfortable shoe fit by opening the center of the lace pattern.

procedure: Cross the first set of eyelets in a cross and lace the shoes. Thread the laces only on the sides. As always, tie your shoes through the following two or more eyelets:

effect: The middle section relaxes tightness and adds a fit. This gives your foot more space and tightening the laces does not overtighten the fit.

Skip the eyelets and use the cross lace to make your running shoes tighter.

procedure: Start by strapping your shoes on the cross. Skip the eyelets and thread the laces in a cross. Tie the shoes together with a regular cross-shaped pattern.

effect: Tighten the shoes more than usual by strapping the eyelets farthest from the tongue. The two sides of the shoe are effectively pulled together to make the shoe fit better.

Are your running shoes too tight? This method distributes the laces evenly to reduce pressure and increase comfort.

procedure: Instead of using the standard cross, lace the shoelaces in parallel. Put shoelaces under every other eyelet and thread it. Tie your shoes as usual.

effect: The laces are evenly distributed for added comfort.

High midfoot

You can create more space in the center of your foot by skipping one or two laces.

procedure: String the shoes on the cross. Thread the laces only through the sides near the center of your foot. If you feel uncomfortable, start tying again with the cross.

effect: Pressure is minimized on the sides.

Heels slip

This lace-up technique helps to support your ankles more strongly and keep your shoes from being too tight.

procedure: String the shoes as usual from the last to the second hole. Go straight up to the last hole without crossing the laces. Thread the laces through the loop and the other side. Tie your shoes as usual.

effect: The ankles are more supportive, but the overall shoe is not too tight.

Generally wide legs

This style of laces helps to loosen the entire shoe and give the foot comfort and comfort.

procedure: String the shoes on the cross. Pass the shoes through every other eyelet in a cross shape. Tie your shoes as usual.

effect: Loosen the entire shoe and give your foot more space.

Wide forefoot

Wide forefoot laces can allow more space for the forefoot and toe box of running shoes.

Procedure: Start by threading the laces only on the sides. Start tying with a cross from the middle of your foot to the top. Tie your shoes as usual.

effect: The forefoot gets more space in the toe box while fitting properly to the rest of the foot.

Black toe nails
Toe pain

This lace pattern helps lift the toe cap of your running shoes to give space to your toes and prevent toe injuries.

procedure: Tighten the laces from your big toe to the top eyelet on the opposite side. Pass the other side of the laces diagonally to each bottom and parallel to each hole at the top. Tie your shoes as usual.

effect: The toe cap is lifted to increase toe space. At the start the laces are not evenly centered and it is not known if they have been pulled to either width until they are fully laced.

By changing the laces on your shoes, you can provide support and relieve foot dissatisfaction. If you still have difficulty fitting your shoes tightly, make an appointment to consult a podiatrist for expert advice and evaluation. Shoes may require equipment to improve support and fit.

• For more information, please email us at the following address: Or visit To meet a podiatrist, call 325-2996 to make a reservation, visit the Bahamas Foot Center on Rosetta Street, or call 394-5824 to make a reservation. Alternatively, visit the Bahamas Surgical Associates Center at the Hilltop Medical Center near 4th Terrace Collins Avenue. In Grand Bahama, call Lukayan Medical Center at 373-7400 for a reservation. Check out the laces – Nassau Guardian

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