Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

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Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

Postby jonovision_man » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:17 pm

My toes were hammering against the front of my shoe on trail runs (downhill!), found this on the internets claiming to fix that problem!

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Anyone try this?

Long story short: you use the extra holes at the top of the shoe to make crazy loops then tie the loops together when you're doing your laces...

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Re: Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

Postby Jwolf » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:57 pm

That's the "heel lock" or "lace lock" tying.
I thought everyone did that on their running shoes. :)

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Postby jonovision_man » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:39 pm

Jwolf wrote:That's the "heel lock" or "lace lock" tying.
I thought everyone did that on their running shoes. :)


I had no idea! :) I've only been running for a decade haha.

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Re: Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

Postby marymac442 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:53 pm

Jwolf wrote:That's the "heel lock" or "lace lock" tying.
I thought everyone did that on their running shoes. :)

It's probably more common for women with narrow heels.
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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:13 pm

I've heard of it but don't do it. My Sportivas keep my heels in place via their design awesomeness.
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Postby jonovision_man » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:13 pm

I've only ever had problems on trails (with the steep hills/etc), and mostly I just let my toenails go to toenail heaven and shrug it off...

... but I'm doing a 50k this fall, and that seems like a bad strategy. :lol:

I'll have to try it next run.

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Postby RobW » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:35 pm

Do people really tie their shoes that tightly? I like to wear mine loosely, leaving just enough lace to tie double knots.


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Postby ultraslacker » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:06 pm

not too tight, but I wouldn't want loose shoes on trails... I'd get too much dirt and other gunk in them.
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Postby purdy65 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:50 am

I work at the Running Room and show people how to do this all the time.


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Postby La » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:22 pm

marymac442 wrote:
Jwolf wrote:That's the "heel lock" or "lace lock" tying.
I thought everyone did that on their running shoes. :)

It's probably more common for women with narrow heels.

Yup. All my shoes are laced that way.

My feet go numb if I tie my laces too tightly, but for running on trails I don't want my feet moving around in my shoes, so I tie them a bit more snugly.
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Postby Jwolf » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:46 pm

RobW wrote:Do people really tie their shoes that tightly? I like to wear mine loosely, leaving just enough lace to tie double knots.

If I don't do the heal lock I often get blisters because my heels slip up and down.

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Postby NMG » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:10 pm

I never do that and even if I wanted to, I'd have to go buy different laces because I would never have enough length to do it with the laces that come in my shoes. The beauty of a wide wedge shaped foot, LOL.

As for tightening, I keep my laces pretty loose in the mid foot. I will tend to tighten them up a fair bit more at the very top right before I tie them though. I never pull "up" on the laces, I pull "sideways" on them. When I do that, it seems like it just locks in the upper most part of the shoe without really tightening the rest of the laces down on my mid foot. It gives a nice locked down feel without really compressing the rest of my foot.

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Postby jonovision_man » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:57 am

Jwolf wrote:
RobW wrote:Do people really tie their shoes that tightly? I like to wear mine loosely, leaving just enough lace to tie double knots.

If I don't do the heal lock I often get blisters because my heels slip up and down.


I got around that by using double-layer socks... I like my laces loose, otherwise I seem to get all kinds of little aches and pains in my feet.

Took a closer look at my trail shoes - they don't have the heal lock fancy holes! They have weird laces though (Solomon Speedcross) - tiny cord with a slider thing. I guess if I go tighter I should be able to prevent the slippage... got to mess with it.

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Postby jonovision_man » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:39 am

Tightening up my shoes helped, even without fancy laces. I like loose shoes but I guess for downhill it isn't the right way to go. :?

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Re: Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

Postby Avis » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:27 pm

I've tried that heel lock method and never got to like it. It seems like the laces are often too short to do that and make a good bow. However, sometimes I run the laces through the extra pair of holes in the regular way--seems to help lock down the heel, too.
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Re: Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

Postby NMG » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:37 pm

Avis wrote:I've tried that heel lock method and never got to like it. It seems like the laces are often too short to do that and make a good bow. However, sometimes I run the laces through the extra pair of holes in the regular way--seems to help lock down the heel, too.


I'll do that if I need to lock things down more. I skip the second to last hole and lace normally using the last hole (my laces always seem too short to use both holes) and it seems to work just fine.

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Re: Shoe Lace Tying... Whaaaat

Postby Robinandamelia » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:26 am

I used the lacing technique to take the pressure off the bunion area on my foot as the shoe was a bit too tight! I've used the lock method in the past (when I first started running). These are great suggestions.


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