Shoe-tying 101

This is doubtless an old trick to experienced runners, but I didn’t learn it til I’d been running for quite a few months, so I thought I’d share it here in case others could use the tip.  I have narrow heels and sometimes have a hard time getting my shoes to fit at the heel well without sloshing around and causing blisters.  My daughter very kindly showed me this way of lacing that addresses that problem.

lacing a running shoe

When you get the shoe laced to the second-to-last eyelet on each side, thread each lace through the last eyelet on the SAME side, leaving a little loop. Then take each lace-end across and tuck it into the opposite loop before tightening the lace. This will allow the lace to snug up the shoe at the heel area without having to over-tighten the mid-foot area.  Try it– you just might like it!


  1. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!!!

  2. Kristina says:

    Quick question – so then you tie your shoe like normal right? Sorry that may be a stupid question.

  3. Kristina says:

    Thank you!

  4. I will have to try this. Maybe it will help keep my heals from rubbing; I got a heel blister yesterday on my walk/jog for the first time in years.

  5. Wow–I was shown this trick at the NB factory outlet in Maine when I had to buy a bigger size than normal to get the fit in the front right, but I had no idea that it was anything official or widespread!! I was duly impressed then–and today!

  6. Huh. I have extremely wide feet, but I’ll mention to my Dh and youngest Ds who both have narrow feet.

  7. I’ve been doing this for a long time now, and it so helps. In fact, I bought new trainers this weekend – yippee skippee!!! – and at the workout today, I had to be a 3 year old and have one of the trainers tie my shoes for me – I just couldn’t get the loops correct.

    Awesome to share!