Have you noticed that there are extra holes for the shoelaces on your sports shoes? Many people never use these holes because they don’t even know their purpose. However, they are here for a reason which is to stop your feet from slipping forward thus preventing blister formation.
People get blisters on their feet while walking on a tough terrain. The main reasons attributed to this irritating skin problem are sensitive skin and the constant rubbing of feet with the fabric of the shoe. These blisters can be prevented easily by tying the extra holes in the form of a “lace lock” or a “heel lock”, this will keep the foot properly seated in the back of the shoe, leaving room for the toes up front.
THIS IS HOW IT WORKS:
1. Lace up your shoes as normal.
2. Then, slip the laces over and in to the holes at the edge to create loops on each side of your shoe.
3. Now, cross your laces and insert them into the loop on the other side.
4. Finally, pull your laces tight and tie the knot as usual to finish the ‘lace lock’ or ‘heel lock’.
This strong binding creates additional friction between the laces. The shoe is held nice and tight without having the need to tight all of the shoelaces, and hence it prevents the toes and heels from smashing into the ends of the shoe.