You are using the best basketball shoes and still unable to perform well due to improper lockdown. There might be the chance that you didn’t select the shoes according to your feet structure, or you didn’t know how to tie basketball shoes.
How to lace basketball shoes is very tricky. Many factors depend on your perfect lockdown, such as your shoe selection according to your feet structure, the number of holes, lacing system, laces length, and laces material and flexibility. I have done detail research before publishing this article
Table Of Contents
- 1 How To Tie Basketball Shoes
- 1.1 How to Lace Basketball Shoes – 12 Techniques
- 1.1.1 1-Wide Forefoot Lacing Technique
- 1.1.2 2-Wide Feet In General Lacing Technique
- 1.1.3 3-Narrow Feet Lacing Technique
- 1.1.4 4-High Arches Lacing Technique
- 1.1.5 5-Too Tight On Top Lacing Technique
- 1.1.6 6-High Midfoot Lacing Technique
- 1.1.7 7-Flat Feet Lacing Technique
- 1.1.8 8-Heel Slipping Lacing Technique
- 1.1.9 9-Toe Pains Lacing Technique
- 1.1.10 10-Swollen Feet Lacing Technique
- 1.1.11 11-One Area Too Tight Lacing Technique
- 1.1.12 12-Narrow Heel + Wide Forefoot Lacing Technique
- 1.2 Basic Basketball Shoe Lacing Techniques
- 1.3 How To Tie Basketball Shoes Without Laces Showing
- 1.4 Types Of Basketball Shoes Knot
- 1.5 Conclusion
- 1.1 How to Lace Basketball Shoes – 12 Techniques
How To Tie Basketball Shoes
If you want to be an expert in how to lace up basketball shoes you first need to know what are shoe lacing techniques. As per my opinion and research, there are 12 shoe lacing techniques for basketball and other sports. In my view, all these techniques might not be helpful for you. You need to choose the one best for your depending upon your basketball shoes and your feet’ anatomy.
How to Lace Basketball Shoes – 12 Techniques
The leading shoe lacing Techniques are
- Wide Forefoot Lacing Technique
- Wide Feet In General Lacing Technique
- Narrow Feet Lacing Technique
- High Arches Lacing Technique
- Too Tight On Top Lacing Technique
- High Midfoot Lacing Technique
- Flat Feet Lacing Technique
- Heel Slipping Lacing Technique
- Toe Pains Lacing Technique
- Swollen Feet Lacing Technique
- One Area Too Tight Lacing Technique
- Narrow Heel + Wide Forefoot Lacing Technique
Let’s discuss one by one for a better understanding.
1-Wide Forefoot Lacing Technique
This technique is for the player who has a wide forefoot. In this technique, you lace the eyelet near your toe, then draw the lace from the above eyelet, pull the laces, and balance in equal length—your lower lace in the up and cross eyelet.
Skip one eyelet and then across in same level eyelet. Then follow the same 2nd step and then repeat the process for the other side of the laces. Butterfly Stitch lacing is another technique for people having wide feet. If you are a female with a wide toe, you can also try the Double Lace technique.
2-Wide Feet In General Lacing Technique
Suppose your feet are generally wide rather than only from the toe. In this scenario, you don’t need shoes that support only toe area-wide.
The below picture is self-explanatory for this technique.
Sasquatch is another unique basketball shoe lacing technique for extra wide feet.
3-Narrow Feet Lacing Technique
This technique is beneficial for the player who has narrow feet. Usually, the Narrow feet don’t relate to the discomfort, but the proper lockdown is essential to avoid any injury.
Your lacing with narrow feet not very tight nor loose because the tight lacing will give you discomfort, and loose lacing will tend towards the ankle rolling or other injuries.
Find the below picture to learn the narrow feet lacing technique.
4-High Arches Lacing Technique
Nowadays sports science has developed a lot that scientist has research on every aspect. Now there is a different lacing technique for the player with a high arch. There are some conditions in which people have the higher arch, i.e. supinators or Under pronators.
People with a high arch have more tendency to roll over feet problem. The below picture will give you the exact idea of the high arch lacing technique.
This technique will reduce the risk of Under pronators. You can also try the Splay Lace technique if you have high arches.
5-Too Tight On Top Lacing Technique
If you lace your basketball shoes so tightly, it will rub with your feet’ upper portion and give you an unhappy feeling. In this condition, you need to change your lacing technique as per the below picture.
It is also called the Lydiard lacing or the parallel lacing, or Skips Lace technique.
6-High Midfoot Lacing Technique
If your midfoot is higher, you need to adopt the lacing technique as explained in the below method. Overpronators will reduce up to a certain level by this lacing technique. In this technique, you’re the pressure of the laces on the midfoot.
7-Flat Feet Lacing Technique
Do you know how to lace shoes for flat feet?
The lacing system for the flat foot does still not have any specific answer. Sports scientist is still trying to find, but we have suggested you some best practices commonly used for the flat feet lacing technique as per the picture below.
You also need to try it by your own experience and share your experience by email or in the comment section.
8-Heel Slipping Lacing Technique
Your feet must be at an accurate position during any movement. Heel slipping might tends towards injury or discomfort. 7th hole lacing shoes will also help along with the below picture heel slipping lacing technique.
9-Toe Pains Lacing Technique
Any pain in the feet will directly be related to your performance and might end up with an injury if your tie up your shoes (as per the below picture) so that your forefeet has some space/cushion, then the pain risk has reduced.
This technique will also help you a lot in black nails and any discomfort in the forefoot area.
10-Swollen Feet Lacing Technique
When you have a long-playing session or have swollen feet problem, then this technique will act as magic for you.
11-One Area Too Tight Lacing Technique
This technique will help the quick runner a lot—this technique where your area is not specific. If you apply the below picture lacing technique, then the pressure will be equal throughout the shoes.
12-Narrow Heel + Wide Forefoot Lacing Technique
This unusual technique will work a lot for the runner especially. It permits you the pressure change while running. In this technique, a knot at the start and the end of the shoes, as shown in the picture. You can adjust the pressure from the back or the beginning of the boots.
Basic Basketball Shoe Lacing Techniques
Some general shoes lacing technique is
- American Zig Zag Lacing
- European Straight Lacing
- Shoe Shop Quick Lacing
How To Tie Basketball Shoes Without Laces Showing
It is a simple technique in which you hide your shoelaces. It looks trendy and cool ways to lace basketball shoes. In this technique, you conceal your knot behind the tongue of your sports shoe.
Types Of Basketball Shoes Knot
- Ian Knot
- Ian’s Secure Knot
- Surgeon’s Shoelace Knot
Ian Knot Video Tutorial
Ian`s Secure Knot Video Tutorial
Surgeon`s Shoelace Knot Video Tutorial
According to my experience and expert advice, you must know your feet’ anatomy before selecting the basketball or other sports shoes. Only the knowledge of “how to tie basketball shoes” can’t help you properly. 2ndly it would be best if you tried your lacing technique with the combination of any two methods.