Chances are, when you take a fresh pair of running shoes out of the box, you don't give the laces much thought, besides maybe admiring their bright, perfectly un-dirtied hue. And hey, that's fair—regularly laced shoes do a pretty good job of keeping your feet where they need to be. But for some runners, a creative lacing strategy can actually make their sneakers feel more comfortable.
|Dr. Mitchell Wachtel
There are a few scenarios that warrant breaking out a shoe-lacing "hack". First, "no one has the same sized foot on both sides—there's always going to be one foot that's longer or [bigger], they're never going to be the same," podiatrist Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, author of The Runner’s Healthy Foot and Ankle Book, tells SELF. You may choose to use a lacing modification on one shoe and not the other if you're experiencing fitting problems with only one.
Source: Alexa Tucker, Self [5/8/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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