Have you ever stared at those extra shoe lace hole on your pair of runners and asked yourself,
“What in the world are these holes for?”
Almost all running and hiking shoes have those extra holes and most people don’t even tend to use it. Instead, they skip threading the lace through the last top hole and tie them as usual. But after knowing what those are for and the benefit it gives, might as well, have a second guess of ignoring ’em!
The extra holes are meant to be used to create a heel lock. When you tie laces using the “heel lock” or “lace lock” technique it creates more friction between the laces at the top of the shoe which are closest to your ankle. This serves to make and keep the heel/ankle area tight and snug in place without having to re-tighten your whole shoe. Thus, prevents from getting blisters on your heels when you go running, walking or hiking.
2. Cross your laces and insert them each into the loop on the opposite side then cinch them down. Be sure to go down and not up because cinching upwards will leave the loop hanging out and that is not good. By pulling down towards the shoe you end up creating a nice tight lock that will keep your shoe in place and snug.
3. Finish by tying your shoe as you normally would and you’re good to go!
Seriously, weren’t you blown away by that? How have we never known this before?