How To Tie Your Shoes

Happy Waffle Wednesday!!!

Have I got a good one to share with you this week…


Rosemary Buttermilk Waffle with a Parmesan Crust.
Serves 1 hungry girl.

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp shaved parmesan

Combine ingredients except the parmesan. Pour batter into waffle iron then sprinkle parmesan on top. This is for the cheesy crust on the top.


I added a little fat + protein in the form of two soft-fried eggs.


Who needs syrup when you have runny yolks? Omg. SO. DANG. GOOD. The buttermilk made it fluffy, which contrasted with that crispy cheesy crust. And for those of you who say waffles are too decadent – this breakfast including the eggs came up to 371 calories, 12 g fat, 33g carbs and 29g protein. Bam.

How To Tie Your Shoes


A recent e-mail exchange with Deb gave me the idea for this post. She just bought a pair of new running shoes that has her toes slightly rubbing against the tip of the shoe. This is a big no-no in sneakers. Especially because your feet can swell up a half-size when working out. That’s how people lose toenails!!

Deb’s problem however was that her heel was slipping out of the larger shoe size. This is a pretty common problem that prevents people from buying the larger shoe size they need.

Well I’m here to tell you there’s a handy-dandy shoe tying trick that can fix that slipping problem. It will lock your heel into place and give your toes the extra space they need.


Please welcome my new Brooks Ghost 2’s as today’s shoe model. They’re my first foray into Brooks and I LOVE them. You’ll notice that all running shoes have this extra shoelace hole at the very top that no one ever uses. Today we’re going to learn how to use it!


Take the end of the shoelace and bring it through that hole on the same side. Don’t cross it over like you’re used to.


Do it on both sides so you’re left with “bunny ears.”


Then take the end of each side and bring it through the opposing loop.


Your loops will get a little smaller to allow enough length to get the laces to either side.


Then, take the ends of both laces and pull up.


Shimmy the two laces up, bringing the loops together. You’ll immediately feel your ankle slide back into the shoe.


Then tie! I always double knot.


Voila! It will feel like you’re in a different shoe. I do this for people all the time at the running store and the difference in feeling never ceases to amaze them.


I’m not sure what it is about certain feet, but some people are just doomed to always having a sliding heel in slightly larger shoes. This will hopefully cure that slipping problem and keep you from getting blisters! I personally never have this problem, so I don’t use this tying method. It’s not for everyone.

Remember, you should have around half an inch space in the top of your sneaker to allow for foot swelling and the forward motion of running. Let’s be kind to our toes :)

Posted on January 19, 2011, in Fitness Friday, Waffle Wednesday and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. This will help me BIG time!!!! I have super narrow feet (I wear the slim Nike’s) and my heel always slips out. Thanks so much for the tip!!!

  2. That is how I tie my running shoes too! The saleswoman at the running store I bought them from showed em and it is great!

  3. When I bought my first running shoes at the running store they did this trick. Shocked the heck out of me and now I can’t live without it.

  4. Wow-you are a woman of many answers for me today.

    One those waffles look so savory and delicious.
    Two, I have been wondering for years what that second hole was for and you have literally solved a mystery of my life. I think I will attempt to do this with my shoes.

  5. I love my Brooks! I have the Ariels and they are fantastic for my weird running style.

    I need to try that tying method on my Nikes. They slip a lot!

  6. I’ve been tying my runners like this for 25+ years! I’ve got a narrow heel, and this tying method keeps me from rubbing a hole in the back of my runners. I was shown how by a saleswoman when I bought shoes for my “dance aerobics” class. Oh boy, do I feel old now; but then again I just got back from Zumba class!

  7. I have skis for feet. Super long and thin :) So long that womens shoes dont go up to my size so i am forced to buy mens. And being that my feet are so thin and narrow, and i am in shoes cut for a man’s foot (inherently wider) i am always slipping out in the heel.

    I do know about this trick but forgot. Thx for the reminder! The other thing i do is wear thick, cushioney heel-padded socks. Sorta helps, but not perfect.

  8. My son ties his running shoes in the same way……….:)

  9. Ohhhh, good post! I’ve been pretty lucky with my Asics fitting properly but my Mom has super narrow feet and can never get sneakers to fit!

  10. Ok, this is for sure on of my favorite posts! I loved the shoe tutorial and I’m totally gaga of waffles and rosemary!

  11. Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life

    I always lock my laces like that, it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes! It also helped me get over some ankle pain I was having last year, as soon as I started doing it, the pain after running went away. Thanks for the great pictures to illustrate!

  12. Ohmigosh this is AMAZING! I had no idea you could do this, and I have been running in what I believe is 1/2 size smaller than I SHOULD be running in (as in, my usual size as opposed to bigger for expansion) for like, (whisper) 4 or 5 years. I know! Cringe, right? My toes and ankles thank you :)


  13. Interesting- thanks for the tip!

  14. I always knew the extra shoelace opening had to have a purpose, just never knew what it was! Thanks!

  15. This is such a helpful post, Susan! I’m definitely going to try this on my run tomorrow morning! :)

  16. What an informational post! Bookmarked! I have a question though- I’m trying to purchase Vibram Five Fingers but am confused about what size to buy. Should I buy a size(inch) bigger one because a person’s foot can swell up half a size during a workout?

  17. Thanks so much for the tip! I can’t wait to get home and try this.

  18. a savory waffle?!! hello! i’m totally on board with that : ) looks delicious

    loving your blog by the way. will definitely stop by for seconds!

  19. What a fun idea for a post, Susan! Love it. Thanks for the good tip!

  20. ohh nice tip! :)

    you are the QUEEN of waffles, I just want to let you know

  21. wow susan those waffles sound amazing. i really love rosemary in just about anything but i never in a million years would have dreamed of adding it to waffle batter! that’s so creative!

  22. Ha! When I saw the title I thought it sounded familiar- glad you posted this! And thanks for the one-on-one advice. The good- no- GREAT news is that I cut my inserts down and now the shoes are perfect- they don’t rub my toenail anymore and I’ve been hiking hours and hours in them. I think we’ll buy another pair before they are discontinued because every shoe/lipstick/bra that I fall in love with gets discontinued!!

    Rosemary!?! Yum.

  23. 1. i need to make savoUry waffles with that recipe
    2. i NEVER knew what those holes were for! thank you!

  24. Thanks! Had a problem, One size Nike were just too tight and the next size up slipped on my heal, I used this tying method and problem solved! I am going to tell everyone I know about this trick! Funny the simple things can make us guys feel like we re-invented the wheel! LOL

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