Did you ever wonder why there is an extra shoelace hole at the top of your shoe?
Most people aren’t even aware that running and hiking shoes have the extra hole, where they skip threading the lace through the last top hole tying as usual.
Once you see the video below you will now know their real purpose and the advantages of using them.
These extra holes are used to prevent blisters on your heels and stop your feet from cramming forward into the front of the shoe.
Other reasons that most people are not aware of will be explained in the video below:
When you tie laces using the “heel lock” or “lace lock” technique it creates more friction between the laces at the top of the shoe which are closest to your ankle.
This keeps the heel/ankle area tight and snug in place without having to re-tighten your whole shoe.
If you dont have the extra shoelace hole you can still use the method on the top hole instead.
This is how to tie the “lace lock.”
1: Begin by inserting the lace in backwards through the top hole so that you create a small loop on each side of the shoe.
2: Cross your laces and insert them each into the loop on the opposite side then cinch them down.
Make sure you go down and not up because cinching leaves the loop hanging out and that’s not good.
Pulling down towards the shoe you end up creating a nice tight lock that will keep your shoe in place then finish by tying your shoe as you normal and you’re good to go!
Take a look at the video below for a demonstration on these tips and let us know in the comments how you get on.
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