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How to Lace Up Your Sneakers for a Long Run

Prevent soreness and bruising after running by using this parallel lacing technique.


  • Step 1: Thread each end of a lace through the two bottom eyelets on the big toe side of your shoe, lacing from the inside-out.
  • Step 2: Bring one end of the lace you threaded straight across the toe and through the bottom eyelet on the other side of the shoe, from the outside-in.
  • Step 3: Skip the next eyelet and thread the third eyelet, from the inside-out, moving straight up the side of the shoe.
  • Step 4: Bring the lace straight across the tongue, and push it through the eyelet on the opposite side.
  • TIP: Instead of laces crossing each other, this method produces a ladder-like design.
  • Step 5: Follow the pattern of lacing across the top of the shoe, skipping an eyelet, and threading the lace through the next eyelet.
  • TIP: This parallel lacing technique prevents tightness along the tops of a runner’s feet.
  • Step 6: Repeat lacing until every eyelet is laced and your shoes are tied.
  • FACT: Leather running shoes with spiked soles were developed in 1852.

You Will Need

  • A pair of sneakers
  • Two laces

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