Remember that saying, “I learned everything I need to know in Kindergarten…”? Well, in the case of trying shoes I’m going to have to agree. At least that’s when I learned to tie my shoes. Maybe I didn’t tie them with the perfect expertise that I do now, but I had the basics down pretty well by the time first grade rolled around.

Today Class, we’re going to have a little lesson in tying our running shoes. You may be rolling your eyes thinking that this post is totally geared toward young young children, lazy Jr. High boys, awkward and annoyed teenage girls that only wear Ugg boots with no laces: but no, this is directed to many of my customers recently that put on a shoe, insist I don’t tie it for them, and YANK the laces — leaving a mess of string across the top of the foot and little lace left to tie the actual bow—and then complain there isn’t enough lace to double knot. This is a problem!

I will admit that I’m a bit crazy when it comes to tying my running shoes. Errr, well, when it comes to putting on my shoes I’m kinda picky: first, I must put my left shoe on, straighten the tongue then put the right shoe on and straighten the tongue. Then I go back to the left shoe and carefully tighten each rung of laces.

RUNG: what I consider a step in the tying process, to tighten one must pull each step on the way up to the two loose ends of the string. Each pull tightens the shoe and lengthens the end strings.

Finally, I tie the left shoe (double knot of course) and repeat on the right—if one side is feeling to lose or  too tight I do in fact have to re-do the entire process. My point is, you don’t have to be as crazy perfectionist as I am when you tie your shoes, but do take care in tightening the shoe as a whole. Running shoes are meant to be laced up; not hastily thrown on and haphazardly tied around the ankle. You will get a better fit and overall feeling  with the shoe. So if there is something not feeling great about your ride, look down before you turn your runners into garden shoes!

Here are some other tasty tips from our friends at Runner\’s World