How to lace your shoes to alleviate foot pain

Every foot is different, so even though you might have the most incredible shoes you still may experience foot pain. So I recommend looking to where you can get the most customization: the laces!

Different lacing techniques can help alleviate different types of foot pain and discomfort. Here are some techniques to try if you experience the following: slipping heel, big toe rubbing, wide feet, narrow feet, or high arches.Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 2.21.55 PM


SLIPPING HEEL – a slipping heel can cause blisters or raw spots that are incredibly painful. When your heel is slipping that also means your foot is working to keep your shoe from slipping off, so you can become unstable.

Fix It: begin your laces like usual and crisscross the first set under. Then continue crisscrossing on the top until you get to the last two eyelets. On the last two send the laces through without crossing them, then starting from underneath, loop down through the last eyelet and cross it over the shoe and tuck it through the loop you made on the other side.


BIG TOE RUBBING – If your big toe is pushing up against the front of your shoe you could be causing a lot of damaging, not to mention discomfort. First, make sure the size you have is correct. There should be about a thumb-width between the top of your longest toe and the front of your shoe.

Fix It: start lacing your shoes as usual. On your left shoe, pull your lace out more on the left for extra slack. Then take the lace from the right side and pull it all the way to the top on the opposite side and loop it through the top left eyelet. Then take the other end of the lace and loop it underneath the opposite side and then straight across. Mirror this for the right shoe.


WIDE FEET – If you have wide feet but love your narrow-fitting shoes, adjusting your laces can be beneficial.

Fix It: begin lacing as usual, then start alternate going up (underneath) and over until you reach the top.

NARROW FEET – If you have narrow feet and need a snugger fit follow the fix it instructions. Not all lace up shoes come in narrow sizes so this is a good alternative to try.

Fix It: start lacing as usual and tuck the first set underneath. On the second set criss cross the laces first, then cross them again and put them through eyelets on opposite sides, creating a ‘hug’ over the narrow part of your foot.

HIGH ARCHES – If you have high arches, that could mean that you have a higher instep on the top of your foot, causing your foot to rub against the top.

Fix It: start lacing as usual and cross the first set like an ‘x’. On the second set do not cross the laces – just bring them up from underneath and back down on the next eyelet on the same side. Now the laces should be underneath. Depending on your foot, you can either repeat this step to give the top of your foot more room, or you can cross them like normal until you get to the top.



Unique Shoe Storage Ideas

Spring cleaning is upon us and I love finding ways to get the most out of my space. And the biggest key to organizing your home is doing it in a way that is sustainable long term (just like dieting!). The first thing I do is identify the issue at hand and start researching (when I say researching I really mean spending an hour on Pinterest). My problem right now is shoes. I have lots of them. Lots. And lots.

Identify the Problem: a lot of shoes, no proper storage.

Current situation: I store some of my shoes next to my front door on a shoe shelf, and the rest go under my bed in a shoe storage unit or next to my bed for my tall boots. My shoes often end up doubled up and squished under the bed and it’s a pain to get them out… or even remember what I have.


Here are some really cool ideas I came across online. I hope this helps you find something that works for your situation.

1. SHOE LADDER – you can find a great bargain ladder to store your heels. Give it a coat of paint to your taste. It’s a great way to display your shoes and it looks nice!

9 Space Saving Shoe Storage Ideas

2. MAGAZINE/PAPER HOLDERS – have a lot of sandals and flats? This is a great way to store them in a compact space. You can find really cute, stylish holders or super simple and bargain from places like Ikea.11 Space-Saving Ways to Organize Your Shoes

3. SHELVING/CRATES – another really fun, creative way to store your shoes is with some type of shelving. Make it super sleek with glass shelves, or make it more cottage style using painted wooden crates.

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4. SHOWCASE CABINET – want to glam up your space and show off your treasured shoes? Take an old or new cabinet with glass doors, add some more shelves if needed, and show off your footwear!

Hope these ideas are just as inspirational for you as they were for me. This is the fun part! The hard part… actually starting the spring cleaning process. Good luck!

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Mother’s Day Weekend Sale ~ Extra 20% off Clearance + all MBT!

Mother's Day Sale Footwear etc.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are throwing a sale!

We have so many amazing styles that just went on sale, and now you can get an amazing deal during our Mother’s Day Weekend sale. The sale ends Sunday, May 8th. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout and it is not combinable with other offers.

Don’t forget to check out our Mother’s Day Gift Guide for some great gift ideas for mom!

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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! New UGG Markdowns have been taken at Footwear etc. and they are BIG – up to $75 off in fact!

Here are the new markdowns to look for before they are gone for good. I would look for your size and snatch it right away if you love UGG as much as I do.

UGG Classic Short in Furious Fuchsia and Crazy Plum were originally $154.95 and were just marked down to $99.99! That’s a $55 savings on UGG boots – amazing!

UGG Classic Mini (in crazy plum & furious fuchsia) WAS $154.95, NOW $99.99

UGG Short Classic in Crazy Plum       UGG Classic Short in Furious Fuchsia


It gets better! The incredibly popular Minnie Mouse UGG boots are now on sale. The women’s UGG Disney Sweetie Bow Minnie Mouse boot in red was originally $224.95 and was just marked down to $149.99! $75 savings! I mean, how could you resist that adorable Minnie Mouse bow on the back?

Women’s UGG Sweetie Bow Minnie Mouse (in red) WAS $224.95, NOW $149.99

UGG Sweetie Bow Minnie Mouse Boot

For the guys, we have a major markdown on the UGG Ascot Washed Denim Slippers in Navy and Black. These are great loungers for keeping toes warm and cozy around the house. These UGG Ascot slippers for men were originally $129.95 and were just marked down to $79.99! A $50 savings!

Men’s UGG Ascot Washed Denim (in Navy and Black) WAS $129.95, NOW $79.99

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Want to see what other great deals on UGG boots, slippers and shoes we have? Visit our UGG Clearance section here: Styles on sale include UGG Bailey Bow boots, UGG Classic Cardy boots, UGG Bailey Button boots, slippers, sandals and accessories!


NEW at Footwear etc.: Wanda Panda shoes for Women

Wanda Panda Shoes at Footwear etc.

We are so excited to have this new, fun, energetic brand at Footwear etc. just in time for Spring. Wanda Panda shoes are designed with comfort and style in mind and we are seeing a great response to this launch already! When designing and crafting their shoes, Wanda Panda focuses on travel, nature and people with the goal of bringing happiness and comfort to anyone who wears their shoes.

What’s even better is Wanda Panda shoes are crafted IN SPAIN! with soft leather and cork footbeds  – you know how we love cork in the comfort world! A range of bright colors and neutral colors gives versatility to your closet.

Click on these fabulous Wanda Panda styles to get more information or to purchase your own pair!

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Here’s a really fun video about how Wanda Panda shoes are made – it really shows the brand’s fun and quirky personality!