What Is The Extra Shoe Hole For

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What Is The Extra Shoe Hole For

Have you ever asked yourself why there is an extra shoelace hole at the top of your running shoes?  Many running, walking and hiking shoes have the extra hole and most people don’t ever use it.  The majority of us just skip threading the lace through the last top hole. Wondering what that extra hole is for, and why put it there in the first place when no-one can think of a good use for it.

However,  at the end of  the video below you will now know why they are there and how to use them to your advantage. Why hasn’t anyone taken upon them to tell us mere-humans the purpose of this hole at the time of purchase? Is it that even the salesperson doesn’t know it either? Maybe.

Illumiseen has taken upon themselves to tell us all what these extra holes are for. Illumiseen not only sells LED safety accessories for runners, cyclists or people walking, but gives useful tips as well. This tip is for people who are tired of getting blisters on their heels when they go running, walking or hiking.

You can prevent these blisters with a “heel lock” or “lace lock” that creates extra friction between the laces at your ankle. The extra holes can be used to prevent blisters on your heels and stop your feet from cramming forward into the front of the shoe. This keeps the ankle and heel area nice and tight, without having to tighten your whole shoe. It also helps to prevent black toenails by keeping your heel and your toes from smashing into the front of your shoe.

Here’s how to tie a “heel lock” or “lace lock”. Begin by inserting the lace in backwards through the top hole so that you create a small loop on each side of the shoe. Cross your laces and insert them each into the loop on the opposite side then cinch them down.   We then cinch our laces down. Make sure to pull the end of your laces down to create the actual “lock”. Finish by tying your shoe as you normally would and you’re done. No more shoe blisters!


Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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