How to lace running shoes for numb toes

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Using the best lacing techniques to fix numb toes

Lacing technique. Doesn’t sound exciting, does it? Well, what sounds even less enthralling are words like numb and toes. So, in order to not step in a pile of your ignorance, let’s have a look at how the right lacing technique can help solve your numb toe issues. And help you to run stress-free and better optimized for your remaining running career.

The right running shoe is important, obviously. The right socks, too. But before you battle the weather without reading (and yes, weather was meant literally there – we don’t want you getting cold feet now), you should know that it’ll only take 3 minutes to solve the issue.

And a lifetime to run freely, without risk of injury and without wearing shoes on the wrong foot.

So, let me take you through simple lacing techniques to help solve your numb toes and correct your form without blinking, breaking records, and developing brilliantly. Whether you have wide feet or an old shoe-lacing technique, we’ll help you here.

Here are some tips for lacing your running shoes to help prevent numb toes

  1. Start by loosening the laces completely. This will allow you to adjust the fit of the shoe and make it easier to lace up.
  2. Begin by lacing your shoes with a “criss-cross” pattern, starting at the bottom eyelets and working your way up. This helps distribute the pressure evenly across the foot.
  3. When you reach the top eyelets, you can try using a “lock lacing” technique. This involves pulling the laces tight and then tucking the excess lace under the laces at the top of the shoe. This helps secure the laces and prevent slippage, which can lead to numbness in the toes.
  4. Another option is to use a “heel lock” technique, which involves creating a loop with the laces around the heel. This helps keep the heel in place and prevent heel slippage, which can also lead to numbness in the toes.
  5. Make sure to leave enough room in the toe box for your toes to move freely and not feel cramped. You should be able to wiggle your toes comfortably without feeling any pressure on them.
  6. When lacing your shoes, it’s important to avoid applying too much pressure on the top of your foot. This can restrict blood flow and lead to numbness in the toes. Instead, focus on creating a secure and comfortable fit around the midfoot and heel.


In conclusion, to lace shoes properly is an important factor in ensuring a comfortable and supportive fit for your running shoes. By following these tips, you can help prevent numbness in your toes and enjoy a more enjoyable running experience. Remember to always consult with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing persistent numbness or other foot problems while running.


What if my heel slipping problems stay after learning these lacing techniques?

Lacing running shoes takes time, especially with a narrow foot. From your big toe to your ankle, the lace technique needs to help all.

Is there another lacing style I can learn?

If you want to thread the lace with a different lacing technique, there are plenty more out there.

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