Changes in running mechanics using conventional shoelace versus elastic shoe cover

J Sports Sci. 2011 Feb;29(4):373-9. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2010.534805.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether there are differences in the perceived comfort, plantar pressure, and rearfoot motion between laced running shoes and elastic-covered running shoes. Fifteen male amateur runners participated in the study. Each participant was assigned laced running shoes and elastic-covered running shoes for use during the study. The perceived comfort, plantar loading, and rearfoot motion control of each type of shoes during running were recorded. When the laced running shoes and elastic-covered running shoes were compared, the elastic-covered running shoes were given a lower perceived comfort rating in terms of shoe length, width, heel cup fitting, and forefoot cushioning. The elastic-covered running shoes also recorded higher peak plantar pressure in the lateral side of the forefoot, as well as larger maximum rearfoot pronation. Overall, shoelaces can help runners obtain better foot-shoe fit. They increase the perceived comfort, and decrease the maximum pronation and plantar pressure. Moreover, shoelaces may help prevent injury in running by allowing better control of the aforementioned factors.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Forefoot, Human / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pressure
  • Pronation*
  • Protective Clothing
  • Running*
  • Shoes*
  • Sports Equipment*
  • Young Adult