by Derek Li
Admit it. Sometimes you buy a shoe not because it fits you best or works best for you, but because of its looks and colours. I know I do. The problem is sometimes the shoe doesn’t quite fit your foot very well. Sometimes, the fit is too far off and there is no way to make it work, but oftentimes, with some tweaks, it can be made to work well enough. Here, I will highlight some common fit complaints and suggest 5 clever hacks to get your workout shoes to fit better.
There is a tendency for some shoes to have narrower toeboxes. This is mostly because aesthetically a shoe with a more pointed front looks nicer. Tight toeboxes can predispose us to a myriad of medical problems, e.g. hallux valgus, ingrown toenails, bunions; this is especially so if the shoes are worn for a prolonged period of time. (Incidentally, this is a huge gripe I have with women’s dress shoes.)
One option is to fix the length of the laces at the first pair of eyelets loosely so as to completely eliminate any tension at the toebox when you tighten up the laces. The pics below show how that can be achieved:
Photo Credit: Derek Li