Shoe Lace Pattern Optimisation – Ideal lacing pattern for running shoes

Different Running Shoe Lacing Patterns

I like this from @totallyfuelled.

Surprisingly, there are several ways runners can lace their shoes for optimal advantage. Some of the lacing patterns could give a performance benefit, and others might simply reduce pain. Let’s say you have some of the more minimalist super shoes like VaporFly and AirFly. Those Nike shoes do not have a supportive heel cup worth mentioning and might benefit from the HEEL SLIPPING lacing pattern shown below.

My own problem is the occasional black toe on longer runs. Part of the solution for me was always to use Toe Thingies, which are essentially mini condoms for your toes. Another alternative I like is a pair of Injinji Toe Socks. However, the most elegant solution could simply be a shoe-lacing pattern that reduces inward tightening pressure in the toe area (see the blue image below, possibly also the yellow one).

My partner has high arches, and, well, the HIGH ARCHES lacing pattern seems to be the one to go for there!

Another lacing conundrum is when and how to use elasticated laces in races. The advice I was given was to avoid elasticated laces except when you are executing a race or in race prep (for triathlon or duathlon) where the speed of shoe change is vital for a good race.



Credit: @TotallyFuelled Credit: @TotallyFuelled

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