Shoe Lacing Options to Address Foot Problems

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.

Heal Slip

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

High Arch

STEPINSTRUCTIONSVISUAL
1Lace each shoelace side down through its respective bottom eyelet.
2Thread right lace up through second-bottom-right eyelet, across and down through the second-bottom-left eyelet.
3Skip an eyelet, thread the right lace up through the next eyelet, then across and down through the opposite eyelet. Repeat.
4Thread the lace up through the top-right eyelet.
5Skipping 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

STEPINSTRUCTIONSVISUAL
1Thread one side of the lace down through the top-right eyelet.
2Thread the lace up through the bottom-left eyelet—at the toe box part of the shoe.
3Thread the lace down through the bottom-right eyelet.
4Thread the lace across and up through the second-bottom-left eyelet.
5Thread 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

STEPINSTRUCTIONSVISUAL
1Separate 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.