Lacing Your Shoes for the Perfect Fit

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Are you tired of uncomfortable shoes that either feel too tight or leave your feet slipping around? You might be surprised to learn that the way you lace your shoes can significantly impact their fit and comfort. In this blog, we'll explore various lacing techniques to help you find the perfect fit for your unique feet, so you can stride with confidence and ease.

How to lace your shoes for the perfect fit Straight (Bar) Lacing:

Straight lacing, also known as bar lacing, provides an even and comfortable fit, making it ideal for dress shoes or casual footwear. Here's how to do it

  1. Start by running the lace straight across the bottom eyelets, with the ends emerging from the inside.

  2. Take one end of the lace and thread it through the next eyelet on the opposite side, going from the outside in.

  3. With the other end of the lace, skip an eyelet and thread it through the next one up, again from the outside in.

  4. Continue this pattern until you reach the top of the shoe, with each end alternating between skipping an eyelet and threading through the next.

Crisscross Lacing:

Crisscross lacing is the most common method used in sneakers and athletic shoes, offering a secure and adjustable fit. Here's how:

  1. Begin by threading the lace through the bottom eyelets, leaving equal lengths on both sides.

  2. Cross the ends over one another, then thread each end through the next eyelet up on the opposite side, going from the outside in.

  3. Repeat this process, crossing and threading the laces, until you reach the top of the shoe.

Loop-Back Lacing:

Loop-back lacing helps create a more customized fit for those with high arches or wider feet. To try this technique:

  1. Start with the crisscross lacing method, but instead of threading the lace through the next eyelet, loop each end back and thread it through the same eyelet it emerged from, creating a small loop.

  2. Continue lacing by threading the ends through the loops on the opposite side, then pulling them through the next eyelet up.

  3. Alternate between creating loops and threading through the opposite loop until you reach the top of the shoe.

Heel Lock Lacing:

Heel lock lacing is designed to prevent heel slippage and provide extra support for those with narrow heels or during activities that require stability. Here's how to do it:

  1. Begin with the crisscross lacing technique until you reach the second-to-last eyelet.

  2. At this point, create a loop by threading the lace back through the same eyelet it emerged from, but do not cross it over to the other side.

  3. Now, cross the laces and thread each end through the opposite loop, then pull tightly to lock the heel in place.

  4. Finish by threading the lace through the top eyelet, if desired.


The perfect shoe fit doesn't have to be a dream anymore! By experimenting with different lacing techniques, you can achieve a comfortable and secure fit that caters to your individual needs. Remember to pay attention to your foot shape, arch height, and any specific support requirements you may have. With the right lacing method, you'll be well on your way to enjoying a whole new level of comfort and style.

ICS Shoe Personal Fitting Specialists can help you find the Perfect Fitting Shoe to eliminate pain and discomfort. If you're experiencing pain from how your shoes are tied, try some of these Lacing Options to eleviate your pain. If you need assistance, please contact the ICS Personal Fitting Specialists for help.

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