There’s a viral video that has done the rounds of running circles. In two months the video has been viewed over 37 million times on YouTube and has spurred on various articles and blog posts, including this one obviously.
You might be surprised to learn the clip is about how to tie your shoelaces.
So is how we tie our laces really all that important? The lacing method in the video above is known as a heel lock or lace lock. It can prevent you from getting blisters, or stop your feet cramming forward in the shoe. It’s a nifty little trick that could definitely be worth your while.
In fact, there are lots of different ways to tie your laces. In our recent blog post, Getting Your Feet Into Gear, one of our members talks about the pain and tingles she was experiencing down the right hand side of her right foot. During an assessment with sports podiatrist Phil De Mestre from Running Science she learned that one of her feet was bigger than the other. Phil changed the way her shoes were laced on her right shoe only. This meant there was more breathing room up the top where her toes pushed against the sides. The lace tricked worked – the pains and tingles stopped.
Keep in mind though, these techniques are not suitable for everyone. Only use them if you have a problem such as pins and needles, tingles, blisters or pain. If you are unsure of what lacing technique have a chat with the guys at Running Science who’d be happy to help.
There’s a TED talk on tying your shoelaces. Honestly!
Here’s a cute Buzzfeed video on how to do the Ian knot.
Do you have a special way of tying your laces? Let us know in the comments below.