Who Knew There Were So Many Ways To Tie Running Shoes?

I am not by any means a runner.  I ran track, but I was a sprinter and a pole vaulter; I tried distance running for a bit in college, but that only lasted a hot minute before I realized that I don’t enjoy running until I feel like I’m going to keel over and then running some more.

I will not join you on your race, mud run, Tough Mudder or anything else that involves me huffing it from point A to point B, no matter what the cause.  But never the less, I do wear running shoes for other activities.

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I much prefer the satisfying climb up the mountain and slow burn of yoga at the top.

Compliments of Pinterest, I learned that there is not one way to tie running shoes.  I started tying my shoes to fit my foot type (high instep) and it has made a world of difference.  If it’s made such an impact on me a non-runner anti-runner, it can surely help you, if you too also wear shoes or perhaps even enjoy the self-directed punishment of running.

If you are a marathon runner, then you’ve probably stopped reading and you already know how to tie your shoes, so this post is analogous to the time I tried to teach Jackie Joyner-Kersee about how to pick out “good running shoes” when I worked at the Finish Line in high school.  Hand to forehead, I can’t believe I did that.

Ways to Tie Running Shoes
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The high arch technique is similar to the one I use, except that I have to skip over the second “X” instead of the third to relieve my foot pain.

Ways to Tie Running Shoes
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Ways to Tie Running Shoes
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Ways to Tie Running Shoes
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Ways to Tie Running Shoes
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I remember from my days back at the Finish Line, this one is not so easy.  Start by lacing the first two eyelets on the same side on the big toe side of your shoe. From here we are going to follow a pattern. Take the lower lace and cross it to the other bottom eyelet and put the lace down through it. Take that same lace, skip the second eyelet and thread it up through the third eyelet, then cross it over the tongue and down through the opposite side eyelet. Follow this pattern up the shoe. Do the same pattern with the other side of the lace on the remaining eyelets. You’ll notice at the top that one of the laces will go right in perfectly with the top eyelet and the other is a tad short. Just pull up the remaining lace along the same side of the shoe to the top eyelet and you will be all done.

Play around with these techniques and if they aren’t working for you with tweaking, make a trip to a running store like, Fleet Feet for some professional assistance.

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Kate Thakkar

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I’ll definitely try it out❤

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