Did you know that there are different ways you should be tying your shoelaces depending on what kind of feet you have? It doesn’t seem like something that’s all so important, but when you think about it, it makes so much sense! If you have wide feet, why would you string your laces on your shoes the same way that someone with narrow feet would? Here are a few tips and techniques to help you figure out the best way to lace up your shoes!
Lacing Techniques for Narrow Feet
Studies have shown that narrow feet benefit more from a lacing technique utilizing the eyelets that are farthest from the tongue of their shoes. This allows for the sides of the shoe to be brought up towards your arch and hug the narrow shape of your feet. Though it’s important to find shoes that fit and support your feet from the start, this trick can come in handy if and when your shoes start to stretch and wear out. Don’t lace up too tightly, however! This can cause calluses, foot odor, or even bunions, from too much tightness and friction.
Lacing Techniques for Wide Feet
The opposite of a narrow foot is a wide foot. Fittingly, a wide foot calls for lacing up using the innermost eyelets closest to the shoe’s tongue. Instead of bringing up the sides of the shoe, it actually drops it down a bit and allows more room to accommodate wider feet. It will come in handy when you’re getting active! This technique can also be used when you have orthotics and need to create more space. Careful not to make it too loose, which can lead to slipping and sliding around in ill-fitting shoes – undoubtedly an uncomfortable experience!
If you’re not the best at lacing up your shoes and need some help, try visiting your nearest shoe store. The employees at a shoe store should be more than happy to help out! Don’t forget, Dr. McKinney is always here to help too. Get your shoes laced up the right way for you at your next appointment! Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment at one of our eight convenient locations in Houston, Texas.