Lacing your shoes correctly can actually be something of an art. As you know, our shoes are not laced when they’re new in the box. Did you know that there are different optimum lacing methods for narrow, wide, high or tender feet – and that tying your laces correctly will make the shoe fit you better and stay perfectly on your foot? The standard criss-cross lacing, which is most common, provides an even pressure across your entire foot, and is good for feet that look roughly like the last on which the shoe is modelled. For most people this kind of lacing is perfectly adequate, but there are other methods we’d like to tell you about.

This method gives you more room if you have wide feet. It also uses less of the lace length, so the laces will always be long enough to tie up. Pressure is still spread evenly across the foot.

This method provides pressure over the forefoot, which is necessary for people with a wide forefoot. It also uses less of the lace length. With this method the lace ends are threaded up either side, without criss-crossing. It creates a kind of lock at the top, where the laces are threaded through two holes on the same side.

The primary aid if you have a high foot arch is an anatomical insole. To complement the insole, lace your shoes in a criss-cross pattern, but only in every other hole. This will relieve the pressure on the upper part of the foot – which means slightly less pressure on your foot arch. At the same time, the pressure will be evenly distributed across your entire foot. The disadvantage is that your foot may not be quite as firmly fitted inside the shoe, so if you have narrow feet you should avoid this method.

Our advice here is to skip two or three lace holes to relieve the pressure on the painful area. You can leave this opening wherever you like in your lacing pattern.