Don't be so strait-laced, especially if your fitness shoes don't fit quite right. That's the word from Tom Brunick, director of the Athlete's Foot WearTest Center in Naperville, Ill.
The basic lacing system, called the crossing style technique, doesn't always address such common foot peculiarities as a heel spur, bunion, wide forefoot, high instep, narrow heel and foot or having one foot shaped slightly different than the other. Perhaps one of the following four techniques described in Better Homes and Gardens will help you get the fit you need:
* For a high instep: Cross-lace through the bottom eyelets. Don't cross again until you're at the top eyelets, where you cross-lace and tie.
* For a wide forefoot: Cross-lace through the bottom eyelets. Don't cross at the next two eyelets--the widest part of the shoe. Higher up, use the standard crossing style technique.