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A Running Shoes Guide on how to Lace Up
Every running shoes guide out there tells you how to buy expensive scientifically-engineered shoes for one or the other foot flaw you're stuck with. This running shoes guide isn't about buying new shoes. It's about learning how to use the ones you already have, better. That's a bit of a head-scratcher though. What could there be to using a pair of shoes other than thrusting your feet in them and taking off? Actually, there is quite a lot to know about how you do up your laces that can completely change the way you shoes perform on your feet. Let's go for a couple of really challenging foot and shoe problems, and see what laces can do to contribute.

The problem of high arches: if you have high arches, or you have a bony protrusion on the top of your foot, the pressure on your instep is always going to be high no matter which shoes you buy. Lacing up in the following method ought to relieve the pressure. Lace your shoes in the traditional way starting with the eyelets at the bottom. When you get to the fourth pair of eyelets, lace through on the same side for a couple of holes, and then cross over as always. This should give your arch and protrusion a bit of relief.

The problem of laces that keep coming undone: How about picking shoes that don't have laces at all? The North Face Arnuva 50 Boa is a pair of shoes that get tightened with a twist of a knob. They are pricey though; but they solve the problem. Another way to go about it would be to use smart shoelaces with ActiveHold technology. What this means is, they put a rubber core through the entire length of the laces that gives them a kind of grip and elasticity. It makes them stay put when tied up. They come with the added benefit that no matter how tightly you tie your shoes, there'll always be a little give when you exercise really vigorously, so that your feet don't feel too crowded.

Up last on this running shoes guide is a shoelace technique that helps your feet stay put and not slip around inside. All you need to do is to lace up as always, but when you get to the last two eyelets at the top, you need to lace straight through and not criss-cross. Cross over after you get through the top hole and thread the lace by the loop you just made. All you need to do is lace up tightly now, and you should have the grip you need.

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