Running laces are definitely a worthy investment if you are concerned about getting the best performance possible form your athletic footwear. Traditional shoelaces work well for the most part, but they do have a significant disadvantage in that the materials commonly used and the way the laces are affixed produce a great deal of friction.
With most running shoes, the laces are wound back and forth throughout the length of the shoe. With each segment that laces pass through, there are several points where friction can occur. On the one hand, this helps keep the shoe securely on the foot. On the other hand, friction makes it difficult to out the shoe on or take it off, or to adjust it. In more extreme cases of slippage, wearing the shoe can be very uncomfortable, and support and stability may be adversely affected. Most running laces are therefore designed so that friction is minimized throughout the length of the laces.
There are many different kinds of running laces available on the market, with most designed for high performance as well as looks. Some of the most effective designs feature multi-strand latex cores, along with a polyester coating that increases strength and allows for considerable expansion. The result is a superior performing shoelace that actually flexes with each movement of the foot. With these types of running laces, every shoe essentially becomes a slip-on. If it seems that you have tried virtually every shoelace on the market but have yet to find one that delivers the performance you are looking for, these types of shoelaces may be the perfect match for you.
You might also want to look into non-stretch running laces. These are designed to provide superior support and stability over a wide variety of running surfaces and uses. They feature a nylon core with a polyester outer coating, and they come in a variety of attractive designs as well. These types of laces are ideally suited for use in trail running and other activities wherein there is a frequent need for stop-and-start motions.
Keep in mind that not all running laces will work with your particular brand of running shoe. Those with the standard eyelets will accommodate only traditional laces, and perhaps some of the thicker designs on the market with a bit of prodding, and they generally don’t provide a lot of options for customization.
Even shoes with larger eyelets, loops, or hooks may not accommodate certain designs of traditional shoelaces, which may slip through the hole and fail to provide adequate support. When used with improper laces, these shoes may cause a great deal of discomfort and perhaps even chafing and blisters. You should therefore check on manufacturer specifications before ordering more than one pair.
When running, it is important to have the proper equipment in order to maximize comfort and reduce injury. Having the right pair of running shoes is only one part of the equation. You also need the proper running laces to maximize performance and support. Find out more about getting the proper running laces at Xtenex Corporation by calling 1-888-498-3639.