shoes

Parallel Lacing Running Shoes

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I have a pair of shoes that I received for free but sadly, they're a little too narrow to be running shoes for me. I'll wear them around town, or for a short walk, but I know I like a wider shoe to be more comfortable in. It's not that they're uncomfortable, it's that I know I could be more comfortable in something wider. But one thing I did do to make them wider was change the lacing. I re-laced the shoes to be parallel laced. It's a little tricky when you're first starting to figure out how to parallel lace, but you just unlace to the very end, then take one lace and go up one hole and out one on one side and take the other lace and go up two holes and out on the other side. The key is to go up one eyelet on one side, inside or outside, no matter which lace you have, and up two eyelets on the other side. You do that until the laces are the same amount of holes up, then you can criss cross lace the rest of the way up!

Northwest Pearls: Parallel Lacing

There are a lot of different ways to lace shoes. Some shoes I have to loop lace for running or walking, others I need to parallel lace or gap lace when I'm flying.

Shoes: 361 Spire

Any tricks you've found for your running shoes?

Shoe Comfort Hacks

It's important to have comfortable shoes, but I also like to have cute shoes. Sadly these two don't often go together. But there are a few ways to make shoes more comfortable.

Northwest Pearls: Shoe Hacks

You can stretch leather shoes out with wool socks and a hair dryer. I found it better heat-wise, to wear two pairs of socks on each foot that I was using the blow-dryer on. The second pair protected my feet from the heat better and it probably helped stretch the shoes out a little bit extra.

What you do is put on a pair of socks, or two, and them put on your shoes. Take a hair dryer and blow hot air onto the areas of the shoes you want stretched out. Do this for a while and let the shoes cool back down before taking them off. I've done this and had success on widening out a pair of my sandals.

Northwest Pearls: Shoe Hacks

Something else that can make shoes more comfortable is an insert. Superfeet makes an insert for both high heels and for flats. I use their high heel insert and while it doesn't make heels as comfortable as flats, it does make them considerably better. My mom and sister both have the Superfeet flat dress shoe insert and they both really like it. I'm going to see if it'll fit in a pair of my boots and if it does, I'll probably get one for myself.

Even cheap inserts or padding can help. You can add it under the heel area, the forefoot area, or to the back of the shoe to prevent blisters or to take up space.

Do you have any suggestions on making shoes a little more comfortable?

Closet Cleaning

Since I've moved from a large room to a smaller room, the contents of my closet have been in 3-4 places around the house. But having clothes in places I never go to makes me forget that I owned the clothes in the first place. So I finally went through the closets and boxes and managed to throw out old papers, find clothes from high school to give away, and reorganize it all.

I bought large clear boxes with lids from Costco and am using them to store winter clothes and sweatshirts. I took some business-like skirts that I haven't seen since high school and hung them up in my closet, and I found some old purses, like 1930's old, and put them on display in my room. I've also started to transition the summer clothes into boxes so my closet has more room. You can already feel the change in the air. Summer is almost over.

My hope is to get the majority of my clothes into my room, but seeing as how I can't get them all in there, it is nice to know what I have and where.

What helped me to go through everything was to drag all of it out of one area and to go through it until I had gotten the floor clear again. Then I did that with the next area closet/shelf. I had a garbage bag, a pile for unwanted clothing and accessories, and a pile to keep.

If you've been needing to clean out your closet, you should take a few hours, and just sit down with it all. It's daunting, but once you're done, it feels great. Just keep in mind, it'll probably take a few hours.

Good luck!