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Yesterday I Finally Learned how to Tie my Shoes

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Still on the lookout for the perfect pair of hiking boots, yesterday I set out to find them, the boots with the widest toe box. I was on a mission. I googled, searched, read, compared and when I had zeroed in I went to REI.

Decided on the Keen Targhee II Mid.
I am so excited, can't wait to hike them on Saturday! It will be a smaller, 9-mile hike, which will be the perfect distance to try them out.

And while at REI I learned that it actually matters how you lace your shoes. They showed me a technique I can use to lock my heel in place more securely. Now, I'm not sure, I might be the only one out there who did not know this and you're all thinking "duh", but hey, better late than never.

Did some more internet research about that, too, and found this nifty little video.

Happy trails.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DESERTJULZ 1/17/2013 11:41PM

    Oh that video is fascinating!

Hey, I just bought new Keens at REI too. Maybe even the same ones. I love mine.

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    This blog is a GOD send...was wondering about the same thing...need a great hiking boot for small wide feet with high arch...going to check these out. I didn't know about the lacing either....great information...appreciate you sharing the info!


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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2012 6:30PM

    HOW have I missed your blogs? I learned some of these techniques from the woman at the outdoor store who spent nearly an hour with me trying to find the right boots. However, I can't wear boots because of screws in my ankle -- they inevitably are rubbed by the boots and cause a lot of pain. So it's shoes for me!

KEEN doesn't work for me because I have a narrow heel. The Scarpas are great and even though I took back the Vasque boots, I ordered Vasque shoes online. (They don't carry them in our stores.) I really envy you your REI!!!!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/22/2012 7:55AM

    REI is a dangerous place for me. I can always find something there I did not know I needed! Footwear is critical to any outdoor activity. Nice boots. Thanks for the link to the video.


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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 1:44AM

    Congrats on your new boots - hope they work great for you! I've had trouble finding Keens that fit but I also know that we all have such different needs, there isn't one single boot or shoe that works for everyone! I'm glad to see the video, too - I knew the 'ankle hold' technique for walking shoes but it never occurred to me that I could do it with boots and the hooks so glad to find out - maybe this will help me deal with some of the many foot problems I have!

Happy trails!

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ANDYLIN90 11/18/2012 5:46AM

    If REI doesn't have it, it's not made. I love that store. And Duh, thanks for posting the link, because I didn't know it made a difference either.

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BOVEY63 11/15/2012 9:49PM

    Have a great hike in your new boots!

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/14/2012 9:48PM

    Thank you because I have trouble keeping my heel
down also. I'm gonna go watch it!

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MARLINDA5 11/14/2012 8:34PM

    cool looking hiking boots - I didn't know that either.

Enjoy the hike - and will look forward to your pictures - :) emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/14/2012 5:57PM

    I learned this trick when I started at Lady Footlocker so many years ago but had forgotten how to do it. Thanks for sharing this tip with us. I will be using this tip every day when I tie up my walking shoes. Hugs
Let us know how the new hikers are.

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RECREATING_ME 11/14/2012 4:15PM

    I didn't know that, but it makes sense that different sized/shaped feet would require different ways to secure them in shoes. I hope your new boots are exactly what you wanted!

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MALEXANDER4 11/14/2012 8:20AM

    Enjoy the new boots and the hike. Pics for sure.

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KITT52 11/14/2012 7:45AM

    they look great, I too am always looking for a wide toe box...

thanks for the info and have a great hike....let us know how the new shoes worked for you

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LIVELAUFLUV 11/14/2012 5:43AM

    Thanks for the info! I learn something new every day.

Enjoy those new boots!


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DEBRA0818 11/14/2012 5:34AM

    Very interesting suggestion about securing the heel -- thanks for posting!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/14/2012 12:23AM

    That is so cool. I didn't know how to lace my boots. Thanks for the education!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/13/2012 10:56PM

    Enjoy the boots!

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CARTOONB 11/13/2012 10:26PM

    I've heard good things about Keen. You'll have to let us know how they are! Btw, tying your laces is new to me. Gonna go watch your video now!

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