When I was growing up in the 60s, I remember a cousin showing off his new shoes, along with a very funny lacing technique. The laces went over the eyelets, not under. It was totally radical. Those of us who had always laced our sneakers the same as our parents' generation immediately saw the value in breaking new cultural and fashion ground. I still remember sitting on the grass with my brother, fumbling with the laces and reassuring each other that we were doing it right. Then we strutted over to the park to meet with our friends, waiting for them to notice the rebellion on our feet and be in awe of our coolness.

I had no idea until this very week that there are actually very practical reasons for nontraditional lacing. Check out this article our Blue Line Beginner teammate Jim Mitchell found: https://runrepeat.com/top-10-running-shoe-lacing-techniques

Last Saturday, he, I and a few other BLBers were talking about our new shoes, and I mentioned that my shoe salesman told me not to be surprised if I have to stop during a run to adjust my laces. It's natural for feet to expand when they are getting a good workout. Sure enough, my first day in my new shoes I had to let some lacing out when my feet started to tingle.

Jim looked up the lacing techniques because he suspects he might need to know about them: "I've never tried any of them, but I know as I increase my running distances, I'll be trying the "foot swelling" one!"

There are lace strategies for wide feet, for high arches, for flat feet, for toe pains, for heel slippage. If you are running or even walking the longer distances with us this year, pay attention to what your feet are telling you. The problem may be as simple as relacing those shoes. And we promise to be in awe of your coolness.

- Paula