Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on how to lace shoes for women with high instep.
Do you feel like your shoes always put a lot of extra pressure on the top part of your feet? Have you tried different shoe styles but they all feel too tight around your instep? My coworker who has over 30 years of shoe fitting experience taught me the most effective way of how to lace shoes for women with high instep.
This shoe lacing technique works wonders for women with high insteps, as it opens up the middle part of your sneakers, preventing the laces from putting extra pressure on the instep of your feet. With this shoe lacing technique, the mid-foot will be relieved of pressure.
Before I show you this shoe lacing technique I want to make sure that you are indeed wearing the correct type of shoes. The key to accommodate a high instep is to wear shoes that provide extra depth. I describe the best shoes for women with high instep in a different article I wrote called:
If you are wearing the correct type of shoes but you still feel pressure on your instep then let me show you the most effective way to lace shoes for women with high instep.
How to Lace Shoes for Women with High Instep — Follow 3 Simple Steps
Step #1: Start by lacing your shoes normally with a criss-cross as shown in the image below:
Step #2: Keeping each lace on the same side of the shoe, skip an eyelet and weave into the eyelet above it as shown in the image below:
Step #3: Continue to lace the shoes in a criss-cross until you reach the last eyelet (shoe hole) as shown in the image below:
You will notice a difference right away!
I would like to point out that is important that you make sure that your through the loop on the tongue of the shoe, as this will help prevent the tongue of your shoes from sliding down:
Are You 100% Sure of Your Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!
Did you know that just because you have worn a certain size for most of your life that doesn’t mean that your foot size has not changed? Did you know that as we age the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back? This means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes. This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more.
In addition, do you know whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? Do you know whether you have a high arch or a high instep? I help women determine their exact foot shape in a different article I wrote called:
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a different pair of shoes to accommodate the shape of your high instep. I have been working for a shoe store that specializes in women with “complicated” foot shapes and foot conditions, so I believe I will be able to help you too. Feel free to reach out to my email: