Shoelaces – knot something to overlook


When purchasing a new pair of shoes, there is always a checklist we tick off subconsciously. Our list could include multiple factors, such as;

  • The purpose of the shoe (Casual, gym footwear, football boot, runner, sports trainer) 
  • Fit
  • Function
  • Size
  • Brand
  • Aesthetic

But do you ever look at the shoelaces? 

How can lacing techniques help?

Shoelaces can be more than just a fashion statement or that inconvenient process each morning when you’re running late. They can be a valuable tool in improving the comfort of your shoe. As lace-up shoes are not a one size fits all, it is important to purchase footwear that fits correctly and is comfortable. But let’s not forget about your lacing technique – finding the correct lacing technique that suits you will not improve the quality of the shoe; rather, the comfort of one. 

Examples of shoe lacing techniques

Volume lacing

  • Assists in preventing sensations of pins and needles, that commonly occur due to the pressure of your laces being too tight
  • Great for forefoot pain, Morton’s neuroma and intermetatarsal bursitis




Forefoot volume lacing 

  • This lacing is commonly used to decrease the compression of the forefoot due to the footwear being too tight, or irritation on the sides of the foot due to rubbing of the shoe
  • Useful for bunions


  • Utilised to prevent your heel from slipping out of the shoe, or assist in avoiding toes from hitting the ends of the shoe
  • People may benefit from this lacing technique who play sports with explosive sideways movement (e.g. basketball, netball, tennis)
  • Great also for anyone experiencing ankle instability



These lacing techniques can be used in combination depending on the type of foot and the shoe’s purpose. However, it is best to remember that footwear and lacing techniques can be a tool to increase comfort and maximise the output of your shoes rather than improving the quality of the shoe. We recommend getting fitted at Active Feet in Newtown and Ocean Grove.

If you have any questions about footwear or how shoe lacing techniques may be beneficial for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Tahlia or any member of the Pro Feet team by clicking here.

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