Here’s a fun lacing tip/trick you can use with your Xero Shoes.
There are two reasons you may want to do this:
1) It’s a cool decorative element (especially if you use a different color for the loop than you do for the rest of your lacing), and lets you re-lace your Xero Shoes really fast.
Here’s what our sales manager, Rudy, did with this idea, when he added a loop at the ankle holes and toe hole:
2) The other thing this lacing loop is good for is “addressing” a form problem.
A very small number of people will create abrasion at the outside ankle hole which wears out the lace at that spot (FWIW, I and all the Xero wearers I know have put tens of thousands of miles on their shoes without ever wearing out a lace).
If you do this, you can “fix” the problem, by attending to your gait (and stopping creating the extra horizontal friction that causes the problem).
OR… you can “address” the problem by making the lace more resistant to abrasion. One way to do that is by rubbing some Shoe Goo on the lace. The lacing loop is another.
The video below explains how to make the lacing loop and why you would use it.
I can’t wait to see what you do with this idea!