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 tie shoes for women who wear orthotics.
There is a specific shoe lacing technique I use for women who wear orthotics. This technique helps keep the orthotic in place, secures the heels against the back of the shoes, and allows women to get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
I am always emphasizing to women that it doesn’t matter how supportive the shoes or the orthotics are, if the shoes are not properly laced, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes or the orthotics have to offer.
One common complaint that women have when they wear orthotics is how they feel that their feet are being raised and their heels slip off the shoes too much. My shoe lacing technique helps prevent heel slippage whenever you are walking or running.
I learned this shoe lacing technique from working at a specialized family shoe store that focuses on women with foot and leg problems for the last 10 years. We fit women for supportive shoes and orthotics, and we also help women with “complicated” foot shapes find the perfect pair of shoes.
How to Tie Shoes for Women Who Wear Orthotics
Start by lacing your shoes as you would normally do but leave the top two eyelets (shoe holes) of the shoes unlaced as shown in the image below:
Lace the shoes through the top shoe eyelet first as shown in the image below:
Lace the shoes through the shoe eyelet that you left unlaced as shown in the image below:
You are all done. This method will make a tremendous difference in the way your shoes fit and feel. You will notice a difference right away, as your heels will feel more secure and you will feel more stable when walking or running.
If you still haven’t found a pair of supportive, comfortable, and deep shoes to wear with your orthotics I suggest that you take a look at the article below:
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble applying this shoe lacing technique or if you can’t seem to find a specific pair of shoes for your feet. I will help you find them: firstname.lastname@example.org