my new running shoes and how to tie them...

my new running shoes and how to tie them...

I mentioned I got new running shoes last weekend, and I must say…I love them.  I picked up a pair of Brooks Addiction 9s at Runners High n Tri (thanks Mark!)!

They are lighter than the Beast, which I’ve been wearing since I started training, but offer great stability!  I’ve worn them all week and haven’t really had any “new shoe issues” or problems breaking them in.


I have wondered for a while now, is there a right way or a wrong way to tie running shoes?  I’ve never asked anyone because I clasify it as a noob question.  I thought, surely someone would laugh if I asked.  So I didn’t. 

That doesn’t mean I stopped thinking about it.  I’ve pondered it, wondered aloud on runs even sat on the couch experimenting.  I finally gave in and googled it.  And yes, there is in fact a proper way to tie your shoes.

Runner’s World has the skinny

STEP 1 You can tie the starting knot by passing the left lace over the right (shown at left), or by wrapping right over left. Either method can yield a balanced knot or a granny knot–it depends on what you do afterward.
STEP 2 Next you make a loop with the right lace (shown at left) or the left. Either choice can yield a balanced knot or a granny knot–independent of which starting knot you made. It comes down to what you do next.
STEP 3 Then you circle the other lace around the loop you just made–either in front or in back of the loop. The right choice depends upon how you did steps 1 and 2. (In the knot shown at left, back is correct.) To see the proper last step that matches your technique, consult the chart at right.
Right and Wrong

If properly tied with a reef knot, your shoelace bow should sit sideways across the shoe.

If you instead tie a granny knot, your shoelace bow will probably twist to become angled or perpendicular.

Knot illustrations by Graham Smith
There is even a video!

And now, just like me, you’ve learned something new!  Thank you Runner’s World, you are awesome! 

So lace ’em up the right way before heading out on your long run this weekend!


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  • Don't feel bad, Dan. I didn't even wonder if there was a right or wrong way... the fine folks at Fleet Feet just gave me a lesson. LOL.

  • In reply to kirstenemiller:

    Hey, you posted that on my birthday!

  • In reply to kirstenemiller:

    I always double knot mine--basically the same way you mention with another cross over and pull. As long as I do that, I don't ever have to stop to retie. Enjoy your shoes!

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