How to tie shoelaces without hurting the feet

The correctly laced boot doesn’t fall off or rub but saves from injuries and calluses. Tie up your shoelaces and it will become easier to walk.

How to choose the right type of lacing, advises the American Society of Orthopedics.

The usual method of cross-lacing is suitable for everyone, and in most cases it is optimal. Therefore, before tying shoelaces, remember the basic rules that make shoes more comfortable:

  • Loosen the lacing before you shoe. Firstly, it’s easier to put a foot in the boot. Secondly, the holes for the laces won’t get loose and the shoes will last longer.
  • Always start lacing from the toes and tighten the laces gradually from one pair of holes to the other. That is, don’t pull the ends in hope that this way you will quickly tighten the entire leg. Lace-up “step by step” longer, but you will achieve an ideal fitting of shoes on the leg.
  • Buy shoes that have a lot of holes for the laces. The more of them it has, the more options for lacing and ways to make shoes comfortable.
  • And if the leg has features, try other ways.

Narrow foot

Narrow foot

If the foot is narrow, try to choose shoes with two rows of holes and pass the laces only through the outer row because it’s easier to tighten the leg.

Wide foot

Wide foot

For a wide foot, boots with a double row of holes are also suitable, but you must use internal holes to leave more space for the leg.

Narrow heel and wide tarsus

Narrow heel and wide tarsus

Use two laces. One pass closer to the fingers and tie it loose, and the second insert into the holes closer to the heel and pull the shoes as you like.

Heel pain

Heel pain

If there are problems with heels, thread the laces through each hole and make sure that the part of the lacing that is closer to the fingers is free. Conversely, tighten the area that is closer to the heel.

When you reach the penultimate hole, don’t cross the shoelaces, but immediately stretch them into the last hole. A small loop will appear on each side. Now cross the shoelaces and stretch them through this loop, then tighten and tie.

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