Proper Ways to Lace Running Shoes

Choosing the right running shoe is important, but lacing techniques can provide an even more customized fit. Depending on your foot and arch type, using different ways of lacing your running shoes can enhance the support of your shoe and secure your foot inside the shoe.

Narrow Feet and Heels

If you have narrow feet or heels, lacing your sneakers a certain way can help better secure your feet inside your sneakers. Dick's Sporting Goods suggests lacing your running shoes normally until the last set of holes. At the last hole, thread the shoelaces without crisscrossing the laces, but before pulling the laces completely through their holes, leave a loop on each side. Cross the laces now, still leaving the loops, and thread the opposite lace through the loop, then pull to tighten and tie the laces. This method is also called loop-lacing lock, says Sierra Trading Post.

Low and High Arches

Runners with low arches or flat feet can use a technique called high-instep lacing. Dick's Sporting Goods suggests lacing your shoes normally halfway up the placket of the shoe, and then use the loop-lacing-lock technique for each eyelet thereafter. If you have high arches, crisscross your laces for the first set of holes, then thread your laces straight up each side, and crisscross the laces once more on the last set of holes, states Dick's Sporting Goods.

Wide Feet

Individuals with wide feet do not have to settle for simply expanding their laces; a lacing technique helps this kind of foot as well. Thread the shoelaces through the first set of holes as usual, and then thread the laces straight up each side. Keep doing this for two or three holes. After you pass the forefoot, start crisscrossing the laces again, making sure you can tighten the laces without squeezing your foot, says Dick's Sporting Goods.


In addition to lacing your running shoes to accommodate your foot, choose a running shoe that is appropriate for your foot type. Depending on whether you have high or low arches or if you have a narrow or wide foot, the right type of shoe can provide you with the support and comfort you need. The right kind of shoe, combined with custom lacing techniques, can ensure you have the right guidance and cushioning that is best for your running style.

About the Author

Jaime Herndon has been writing for health websites since 2009 and has guest-blogged on SheKnows. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and women's studies, she earned a Master of Science in clinical health psychology and a Master of Public Health in maternal-child health. Her interests include oncology, women's health and exercise science.