Different ways to lace a shoe for more comfort

People who have problems with tie shoes being uncomfortable along the sides of the foot or on top may benefit by lacing the shoes in a variety of different ways.  Below are a variety of examples for taking the pressure off the areas of interest. 

Heels Slip

Step Instructions Visual
1 Thread the left lace down through the top-left eyelet, form a loop between the top and second eyelets.
2 Thread the right lace down through the top-right eyelet, forming a loop between the top and second eyelets.
3 Cross the laces by threading each lace through its opposite loop. Pull the laces and tie normally, securing the lace lock to complete

High Arch

Step Instructions Visual
1 Lace each shoelace side down through its respective bottom eyelet.

2 Thread right lace up through second-bottom-right eyelet, across and down through the second-bottom-left eyelet.

3 Skip an eyelet, thread the right lace up through the next eyelet, then across and down through the opposite eyelet. Repeat.
4 Thread the lace up through the top-right eyelet.
5 Skipping and eyelet, thread the left lace up through the next eyelet, then across and down through the opposite eyelet. Repeat this step. Then thread the lace up through the top-left eyelet to complete.

Toe Discomfort

Step Instructions Visual
1 Thread one side of the lace down through the top-right eyelet.
2 Thread the lace up through the bottom-left eyelet—at the toe box part of the shoe.
3 Thread the lace down through the bottom-right eyelet.
4 Thread the lace across and up through the second-bottom-left eyelet.
5 Thread the lace across and down through the second-bottom-right eyelet, being sure to thread the lace over the first toe box lacing. Continue until completely laced.

Wide Forefoot with Narrow Heel

Step Instructions Visual
1 Separate the lacing into two sections—bottom and top—using two sets of short shoelaces. Lace the bottom three eyelets with one shoelace. Lace the top eyelets with the second shoelace. For a good heel fit with no slippage, use the “lace lock” technique at the top.