Have you ever wondered what the extra shoe lace hole is for on your sneakers? Its purpose is for tying a heel lock, or lace lock. A heel lock is a technique used to secure your foot inside of your shoe for a more comfortable and stable fit. This technique is often used for running shoes to keep your heel from slipping around while your run or walk, but can also be useful with hiking boots and other types of athletic footwear.
It’s a simple process that can make a significant difference in your comfort and performance on the road or track. Here’s a quick and easy, step-by-step guide on how to tie a heel lock. Your feet will thank you on your next run.
Step 1: Lace Your Shoes
Start by lacing your shoe as you normally would, starting from the bottom of the sneaker and working your way up to the top eyelets. Make sure that the shoe laces are evenly tightened across the foot for maximum comfort.
Step 2: Create Loops
Once you have reached the top eyelets, create two loops with the laces on either side of the shoe. Make sure that the loops are equal to or at least close to equal in length. You can eyeball this, as it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Step 3: Cross The Loops
Take one loop and cross it over the other, pulling the laces tight in the process. This will create a knot in the center of the loops.
Step 4: Tuck In The Ends
Take the ends of the laces and tuck them into the loops that you have just created. This will secure the knot in place and prevent it from coming undone during your jog or run.
Step 5: Repeat On The Other Side
Repeat this same process on the other side of the shoe, creating a knot in the center of the loops and tucking in the ends of the laces to once again secure the knot in place.
Step 6: Adjust The Loops
Once you have completed the knots on both sides of the shoe, adjust the loops to make sure that they are equal in length. This will help to keep your foot in place and prevent any slipping of your heel inside the shoe.
Step 7: Tighten The Laces
Finally, tighten the laces at the top of the shoe to make sure that your foot is secure. Make sure that the laces are not too tight as this can cause discomfort and restrict blood flow.
By following these simple steps, you can easily create a heel lock for your running shoes. This technique will help to keep your foot in place and prevent any slipping of the heel, making your athletic pursuits and timed runs a more comfortable and stable experience.
If you’re more of a visual person and would rather watch a video, here’s a step-by-step YouTube video on how to tie a heel lock.