This Simple Lacing Tip Will Save Your Feet From Blisters

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One more step in the process before a run can save your feet.

At a young age you obtain muscle memory from learning to tie your shoes on. Every time you kneel down to tie your shoe, the movement comes naturally, without thought. A habit soon forms over time as you tie your shoes the same way every time you set off for a run.

When you are about to tie your shoe, pause for a moment. Notice there is an extra eyelet towards your ankle. The shoelaces rarely meet this place on your shoe, until this very technique that can keep your feet more secure, prevent blisters, and keep you running at your best.

Marathon Lace, Runner's Loop, Lace or Heel Lock…It's All The Same

The technique has many names, but shares the same idea. With names sorted out, here is the breakdown of how to achieve the extra step before your run.

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Before The Technique

Before trying this technique, you may have experienced your heel sliding around in your shoe without consistent stability. Any shoe size smaller, your feet would be cramped. So you continue to tape up your blisters, and deal with the consequences of running that extra mile. Now this technique could change how long you are able to run and your relation to pain in your feet.

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Marathon Lace Steps

1. Start With The Normal Lace

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2. Notice Back Eyelet

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3. Make A Loop

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4. Repeat On Other Side

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5. Realize How Much Technique Helps Blood Flow

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6. Use A Finger To Allow For Room

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7. Insert Lace Into Adjacent Loop Hole

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8. Pull Back and Forth from Left to Right

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9. Pull Laces Snug and Bunny Ear To Keep In Place

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10. Start Running

Your heel should no longer slip around, which keeps your foot moving with your shoe.

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Notice: Marathon Lace does not work for everyone, but may assist in preventing blisters and keep your foot more stable within your shoe. If it does not work for you, make sure the running shoe you are using fits right, and suits your running style. The right fit of shoe will make the lace tying technique more affective.


The extra step in tying your shoes can save your feet and increase your mileage. Try it out and see how it works for you. 

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe is a runner at heart, a researcher by nature, and a writer by passion. Having traveled across the world, she continues to be an advocate for awareness and knowledge that empowers people to a better life. You can now find her running out on the trail, or nestled away writing her next article.

Portland, OR