Shoe lacing and problem feet

If you have problem feet, tying your laces in a different way that is suited to your foot condition can be a big help.

Wide Foot/High Instep

Some shoes have two sets of eyelets, if yours do it is recommended to use the eyelets closest to the tongue to lace your shoes.

Using the under and over technique will provide you with more room in your shoe and when you tighten the laces, the fit of the shoe will not be too tight.

Heel Slippage

It is very common for your heel staying put in the heel cup of your shoe. The best way to keep your heel slipping is to tie your laces in a “lace lock” at the top of the shoe. Every eyelet should be used when lacing the shoe to ensure the shoe is tight and the heel does not rub.

Although this technique can be difficult at first, you should thread the lace through the top eyelet when you reach the next eyelet on each side and make a small loop. After this, thread the opposite lace through each loop before you tie the lace. With practice, this becomes easier.

Narrow Heel/Wide Forefoot

Buying shoes for this foot type can be very difficult and frustrating. If the heel fits, the forefoot is too tight and if the forefoot fits, the heel slips.

Two sets of laces can help with this. Having two shorter laces and lacing the bottom 3 eyelets with one lace and the top eyelet with another lace is recommended. To ensure the heel is a good fit, use the “lace lock” technique described above on the last eyelets.

The eyelets closest to the heel should be tied tighter than the bottom eyelets.

If you are still having problems with you shoes fitting after re-lacing your shoes, you may need an orthotic which can be prescribed by your podiatrist.