Shoe-lacing patterns appear to affect running technique

The Introduction

lacingWhen I started running seriously in the early 1970’s, there was very little known about running shoe design. Since then, the design of running shoes has been well-researched with the importance of heel stability and midsole shock absorption having has a profound impact on lowering the incidence of running injuries. I was always told to have a ‘loose’ shoelace pattern to allow the foot to expand in heat and on longer runs. However, little research has examined the effect of lacing patterns on running shoe mechanics and running gait. A recent German study examined the influence of shoe lacing on foot biomechanics in running.

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