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‘Round the Bunny Ear and Through the Hole

For a simple piece of technology, I sure screw it up a lot.


Walking to the office this morning, I had to stop and tie my shoe. Let me tell you, it gets annoying after a while. I raced 6 times last year, 2 of those races required shoelace maintenance. Sure it only takes 10-15 seconds to stop, tie, and restart but when I cross the finish line at 45:10 aiming for a sub 45:00…..time to figure this thing out.

I got chatting with a buddy of mine who is the Western Canadian Rep for a major shoe brand; he mentioned that in his experience New Balance shoe laces don’t like to stay tied. Something about the material, or shape, or both I can’t remember. This was a point in our run that I was bent over tying my left shoe lace.

Irony at its finest.

Over the past couple of months I have noticed the frequency of united laces is getting higher. Not sure what I am doing that is different than before and I have changed out any of my equipment. My running shoes are my trusty New Balance Minimus Road Zeros and my dress shoes haven’t been replaced in about 6 months.

Just looked at them, maybe they need to replaced sooner than I thought.

Of course there are products out there that help with the sort of issue; I have a couple at the house. I just can’t seem to get them right and end up with a pain in my foot half way through a 10k run. My daughter, 7, has just learnt to tie her shoes. Right now it is all about shoes with laces; if they have Velcro, back in the closet with them. Sure there was some frustration, it comes with the territory, but she has mastered it.

Maybe I need to take some pointers from her.

On the topic of foot/lace related issues, I had to change the lacing pattern on my shoes to eliminate a pressure spot on the top of my foot. It has helped drastically and since I changed the pattern, no more issues.

Question: Have you had problems like this? Any suggestions?


4 responses

  1. Double knots. The second doesn’t have to be too tight so you can untie them later. Works like a charm, been doing it for a decade.

    February 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    • Sounds so simple. I am going to try it this week. Thanks man.

      March 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm

  2. My shoes are always coming untied. I hear ya. And agree with bgddyjim – I always double knot when running, even treadmill runs.

    March 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

    • Good to hear I am not the only one. With two recommendations, double knots it is. Thanks Dave.

      March 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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