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Handling Different Situations Dealing With Your Pickleball Shoes

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The illustration and following explanations below shows lacing techniques for addressing five of the most common foot types and issues. Experimenting with these might help you turn our pair of shoes into an even more successful fitting pair of shoes.

Handling Different Situations Dealing With Your Pickleball Shoes


If you get heel blisters or excessive wear in the back of your shoe, it may be due to heel slippage. Using “Lock Lacing” prevents your laces from becoming loose, decreases the movement of your foot in the shoe, and helps reduce friction. To do lock lacing follow these steps:

  1. Lace shoes in the typical criss-cross pattern until the second-to-last eyelet.
  2. Then thread the lace through the last eyelet so that the lace comes out on the inside of the shoe, which creates a loop between the last two eyelets.
  3. Finish by crossing your laces then inserting them through the loops you created, pulling tightly to secure the shoe around your foot, then tie normally.


If your shoes feel tight on the top of your foot, “Bar Lacing” is recommended to evenly distribute the laces for improved comfort. To do bar lacing, lace your shoes in a parallel pattern by skipping alternate eyelets for each lace and running the lace up the side of the eyelets to decrease pressure.


The “Gap Lacing” pattern can help alleviate the pressure that people with high arches sometimes feel in the middle of their feet. To do gap lacing:

  1. Start lacing normally with a criss-cross.
  2. In the middle section, thread the lace only through the side eyelets.
  3. Criss-cross through the final two eyelets and tie normally.


If you get black toenails and feel pain or pinching in your toes, the “Toe-Cap” lacing technique helps lift the toe box to create more space for your toes. To do toe-cap lacing, follow these steps:

  1. Start by lacing from the eyelet at the big toe to the eyelet at the top on the opposite side, so the lace goes diagonally across the whole shoe (you might need a slightly longer pair of laces for this method).
  2. Make the other side of the lace about 4 inches long, then place it in a criss-cross pattern across all of the eyelets.
  3. At the top, tie normally.


A lacing technique that provides more space in the toe box can be helpful for people with wide forefeet and/or bunions. The recommended pattern for wide forefeet is similar to the “Gap Lacing” pattern for high arches, except that you don’t start with a criss-cross, so there is more opening in the width towards the toe. To lace for a wide forefoot, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by threading the lace only through the sides.
  2. Starting at the midfoot, lace with a criss-cross pattern.
  3. Finish with a criss-cross of the final eyelets and tie normally.

The way you lace your shoes can not only affect your performance and comfort but can also remedy many common foot issues. But keep in mind that if your shoe is not the correct fit for your foot size or for the way you pronate, just changing how you lace your shoes won’t necessarily fix the problem. Make sure that you have the right combination of proper fit and lacing techniques to help your feet stay comfortable and keep you performing at your best.

Information provided by the Seattle WA Pickleball Organization


Here are some emails with the #1 Senior Player in the World dealing with Black-Toe:

We will and can help with the situation that Mattias is experiencing!

BlackToe is very common, with Pickleball and Tennis payers, and I’m not talking about fungus, but the cause is ill-fitting footwear!

  • Mattias Johansson conversation:
  • Mattias Johansson <>To:Ron HeinleinCc:gary heinlein,melaine dalton,Ryan Perry,Tom CobbFri, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:41 AMThank you for the information!I believe the only issue I have would be black toenails ( big toe )Thank you, Mattias

    Mattias Johansson
  • Ron Heinlein <>To Mattias JohanssonFri, Dec 31, 2021, at 11:55 AMTry the lacing system for black toenails, and when I played college tennis, on a full-ride, in the late 60’s  – I would put on a band-Aid around that toe as well
    Thank you,

    Mattias JohanssonThank you Ron – will definitely try that! Appreciate it!! Mattias Mattias Johansson On Dec 31, 2021, at 8:55 AM,
  • Ron Heinlein <> wrote: Try the lacing system for black toenails and when I played college tennis, on a full-ride, in the late 60’s – I would put on a band-Aid around that toe as well Thank you, Ron Heinlein, | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622 Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co. Follow Us:| Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn
  • On Friday, December 31, 2021, 11:41:26 AM EST, Mattias Johansson <> wrote: Thank you for the information! I believe the only issue I have would be black toenails ( big toe ) Thank you, Mattias Mattias Johansson
  • On Dec 31, 2021, at 8:05 AM, Ron Heinlein <> wrote: Thank you, Ron Heinlein, | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622 Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co. Follow Us:| Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedInFri, Dec 31, 2021, at 12:04 PM
  • Ron Heinlein <>To Mattias JohanssonFri, Dec 31, 2021, at 12:05 PMAlso, when we get you into our shoes, we should be able to correct this problem.

  • My brother, a 4.5 player in AZ, had the same problem until we got him in our shoes.
    Most Pickleball shoes or most Athletic footwear have a narrow toe box, and you’re moving forward and ramming your big toe into the shoe.
  • We have a fuller and higher toe box and will get you into a pair of our custom inserts, plus; then our great triple layer heat moldable customized inserts, and all three elements will help prevent problems in the future! These will help you from moving forward!

    Thank you,
    Ron Heinlein
      | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622            Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co.
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  • mattias Johansson <>To:Ron HeinleinFri, Dec 31, 2021 at 12:21 PMVery
  • very cool! It all makes sense – very much look forward to it. Thanks again and happy new year, Ron!Mattias
    Mattias Johansson



Here’s another player that plays 2 to 4 hours a day and just got rated as a 4.5 player.

We have helped his feet and I know we can yours! To have 100 percent comfort every time on the court!

I’m a Pickleball player and Certified coach. I play as an amateur in professional tournaments across the United States. As a coach, I teach people the importance of taking care of their feet. As a player, especially now being in my 70’s, I’ve learned the importance of proper footwear whether playing pickleball, tennis, or racquetball.

I’ve come to realize that the shoes I wear and the inserts I choose can have a great effect on the health of my entire body. You see a good pickleball shoe needs three things. (1) it needs to have good support (2) it has to be comfortable and (3) it has to be durable. Ok, there’s a fourth and that is it needs to look good too. Like most players, I have been hunting around for shoes that have all these attributes, but most came up short. They may have the support but not the comfort or durability or vice versa. So, I have tried many different brands, including the major brands, through the years.

Then one day Ron, approached me about trying some of his athletic shoes. He has owned and operated DTFootwear Co for several decades but because he just started playing pickleball he came to realize that his shoes fit the requirements for a good pickleball shoe. So, he sent me a couple of pairs along with some custom inserts. I was excited the day they arrived and headed out to the courts immediately to try them out. Now after several tournaments and numerous rec games played, I have to say that these shoes are keepers.

I think the determining factor was comfort. These shoes are built with room in the toe box which allows more space for the different inserts that most players now add to their shoes. The rest of the requirements were also there, the support, the durability, and of course, they looked good. I call them my OT shoes because they are designed as orthopedic/ therapeutic shoes. They are made specifically for the comfort and care of your feet, and I have to say that I do recommend them!

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