Many people (including myself) have noticed at least once in their lives that running shoes typically have a pair of shoelace holes very high on the top of the shoe, which would feel uncomfortable when laced so it is rarely used. These are not mysterious extra shoelace holes for people with incredible skinny ankles, nor are they there for decoration.
It just so happens that there is a purpose to the extra holes on running shoes. They are used to create a “heel lock” or “lace lock” that provides a tighter fit for the heel and ankle area. This may help reduce blisters on the ankle and heel caused while running. If you’re a runner, or suffer from shoes that slip in the back and/or cause blisters, then this tip may be invaluable to you. Watch the video below to check it out!
What the extra holes on running shoes are for: