If you’ve tried Caterpy no tie shoelaces you already know they optimize your shoe’s potential by customizing tension at each eyelet, and if you read Part 1 of this blog series you know there is some opportunity for creative license when it comes to lacing up. In Part 2 we’re going to get even more innovative with The Sawtooth, Lattice, and Loopback styles.
The Sawtooth: This style shifts the shoe just out of alignment, allowing you to better fit a shoe that looks good, but may not feel quite right feeling a bit loose in one area or another. Begin with shoes on, start lacing from the toe-end of the shoe with laces inserted from the outside of the eyelets. The next step is to thread one lace through the eyelet, next eyelet above and the other diagonally across, and above the one you just laced (at this point you’ll have both laces on the same side). Using the lower lace, thread it straight across, through the inside of the eyelet adjacent to it, and then diagonally to above the eyelet of the other lace. Repeat this process with the other lace, then alternate until you get to the top of the shoe. To improve shoe fit, the diagonals should point to whatever part of the shoe feels loose. This style is great for trail and ultra runners looking for a bit more stability. Plus it looks cool!
The Lattice- This decorative lacing style pairs well with Air Laces, as it is in fact more of a casual rather than performance lacing style. We find, however, that it works well for the 5K- half marathoners looking to up their style game at the start line, while maintaining comfort and customizability of the Run Lace. Begin lacing at the toe end of the shoe with the laces running straight across the bottom and out (from the inside) through the eyelets. Run the right end diagonally up through three eyelets and through the outside, then straight up the inside of the eyelet immediately above it, and diagonally down 3 eyelets, and straight up through the one above it. Repeat one more time, diagonally up 3, and either out through the top or straight up through the one above it. Repeat this process with the left side, while weaving the left side lace through the right as you go. Even though this is technically a “casual style” it can be easily customized for performance simply by using Caterpy Run Laces.
The Loopback- This is another decorative shoelace style that with Caterpy Run Laces, can easily be used for performance. Begin lacing at the toe end of the shoe with the laces running straight across the bottom and out (from the inside) through the eyelets. Loop one side vertically through each eyelet on the same side the entire length of the shoe. Do the same with the other side, only as you “loop back”, thread the lace through the loop created by the first lace side. Use the bumps to adjust tension as desired. We love this style for Air Laces, but if you're looking to up you style game at the start line and still rely on customized tension through the shoe we recommend using your favorite color Run Lace.