Heel Lock Lacing

Does your heel rub up and down at the back of your shoe? Do you suffer from heel blisters?

In this article, you will learn how to prevent your heel slipping and avoid back-of-heel blisters.


Thought that there was only one way to tie your shoes? Think again. It turns out learning the right shoe lacing techniques can make one heck of a difference when it comes to how your shoes fit.

Let’s be honest, walking, running or hiking in a comfortable shoe is so much better than one that rubs all the time.

So, lets start with those two extra eyelets in the top of your shoes! Well, they’re there for a reason. These can be used to lock the heel in place. The point of the heel lock shoe lacing technique is to, as the name suggests, prevent your heel from slipping, which is incredibly annoying. With every step you take, all you’re thinking about is having to make small adjustments, making you lose momentum and just sucking the enjoyment out of the activity.

However, this is easily preventable. There are plenty of benefits to enjoy with heel lock lacing; your feet will fit snug and protected against slipping, rubbing and blisters.

Solution - Heel Lock Lacing

The heel lock shoe lacing techniques keeps everything nice and tight without compromising the rest of the shoe.

How to tie a heel lock

  1. Start with a crisscross lacing style from the bottom of the shoe to the top
  2. Take the left lace and thread through the top-left eyelet to form a loop at the top of the shoe
  3. Repeat with the right shoelace which should leave you with a left and right loop on the upper, outer eyelets
  4. Crisscross the lace and thread through the loops
  5. Pull tight to create the lace lock
  6. Tie a balanced knot to keep the heel lock in place

Kicks Shoelaces Heel Lock Lacing Instructions


Now, even though shoe lacing techniques can help with injury prevention and enhance performance they should never replace a properly fitted pair of shoes. A properly fitting running shoe for example should feel snug in the heel and midfoot, with wiggle room around the toes.

It's important to remember that if your shoes need replacing, replace them and use different ways to tie your shoes to add additional comfort and support to your feet.

As a final point, we recognise new sneakers can get expensive, an inexpensive way to refresh or tailor them is with new shoelaces. At Kicks, we offer a large variety of shoelaces in various colours and styles, from no-tie shoelaces to on-trend rope laces. No matter what type of laces you decide to buy, styling your sneakers with new shoelaces is a way to show off your personality and an affordable way to give your sneakers a fresh, clean look. We think it's money well spent!

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