Your shoe slips, it's too loose or it presses against your foot. Know this feeling? New running shoes rarely fit perfectly. However, the right lacing often provides the perfect remedy. So the right shoe can become the perfect shoe!
As a general rule: broad, flat laces are better than round, thin ones. They may take a little longer to tie, but they don't open up as easily. The lacing should be secure and comfortable, as lacing which is too loose can often lead to blisters and chafe marks.
If you have a high instep
If you find it difficult to slide your foot into a shoe, it may be due to a high instep. The instep is located at the top of the bridge of the foot. By adding an additional loop at the end of the lacing, you ensure a secure fit and your foot will not slip in the shoe, whatever type of terrain you are running on.
If it feels tight around your toes
If the shoe is pressing against your toes when you run, you should check if you are wearing the right shoe size. Otherwise, lace up the shoe diagonally over your foot. By raising the front part of the shoe, you can give more space to your toes. Make sure to pull the lace tight at the side of the little toe.
If you have a high bridge
The bridge of the foot, also known as the dorsum, is located between the toes and the instep. It is the part of the foot that you see when you look down. Pain can quickly develop here due to excessive pressure. With an alternating lacing, you loosen the middle part of the shoe and create more space for the bridge of your foot.
If you have a high midfoot
The midfoot is located between the heel and the toes. Similar to the alternating lacing, you create more space by freeing up the affected area.
If you have a broad forefoot
Pain in the forefoot mostly comes about through incorrect weight bearing and is noticeable around the ball of the foot. A broad forefoot is often found alongside a narrow heel. There is another solution for this: we ensure a comfortable position for the foot using two (!) sets of lacing. With one lacing in the front and another on the top, the shoe fits perfectly.
And when you need to go REALLY fast
When time is a priority, this lacing technique lets you slide in and out of your shoe quickly and easily. Performance bonus 3 seconds ;-)
So away you go, lace up your shoes and share the article with your running partners. We wish you many pain-free, successful miles in your running shoes!