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In this blog post, we'll be explaining how to fit your FRANKiE4’s, and also how to adjust the fit depending on the width of your foot. We will then give some tips on different ways to lace your shoes.
FRANKiE4 revolutionise the way footwear is designed. They have a specialist footbed built-in to their sandals and heels, specially designed to support and cushion the foot, and all their boots and sneakers come with the unique Custom Fit pack.
The Custom Fit pack comes in its own bag in your shoebox, which includes: Full-length footbeds, half-length footbeds and forefoot cushions.
The classic FRANKiE4 Functional Footbed was designed with foot biomechanics in mind, with the aim of alleviating and preventing heel and arch pain, plantar fasciitis and forefoot pain. The Functional Footbed has a heel cradle – to support and cushion your heel, forefoot cushioning - which enhances comfort and supports your forefoot, and arch support - which aims to improve foot, ankle and lower-limb alignments.
The standard removable full-length footbed that comes in their boots and sneakers, has contouring to support your arch, cradle your heel, and cushion your foot. To know whether the full-length footbed is right for you, the fit should be snug but not too tight.
If you have more of a narrow foot, simply place a forefoot cushion under the full-length footbed, at the front of the shoe. This will keep your foot in place and provide a more secure fit.
If you have wider feet, remove the full-length footbed and try the half-length footbed instead. This offers the same heel and arch support as the full-length footbed, while allowing that bit of extra space.
CUSTOM CONTROL ASSEMBLY
The new CUSTOM CONTROL assembly is included in the BiLLiE and TAMBO FRANKiE4 ACTiVE styles. It features the regular FRANKiE4 Functional Footbed and forefoot cushions, as well as the FRANKiE4 LiTE Footbed, for those who are looking for a more cushioned, minimal feel underfoot, with a breathable ocean cell foam footbed, as well as allowing more free movement within the shoe.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO LACE YOUR SHOES
FOR HEEL SLIPPING AND HEEL BLISTERS
This shoe lacing hack is called the heel lock, and helps prevent the heel from slipping, which can lead to blisters.
This method tightens the boundary of the shoe around the heel, but can also put pressure on the top of your foot, so it is advised not to use this method long-term or if running long distances.
- Locate the top eyelets on your shoes, and thread your shoelace through the eyelet on the right, going towards the inside of the shoe. Stop halfway so you’ve got a loop on the outside of the shoe, and repeat on the left side.
2. Cross the ends of your shoelaces, and then thread the right end of the shoelace through the loop on both the left and right side, then pull the ends of your shoelaces tight to secure the loops, and continue to tie your shoelaces normally.
FOR A HIGH INSTEP
If the top of your foot raises a bit higher in the middle, you have a high instep, and may experience pressure or irritation on the tops of your feet when wearing shoes.
This shoe lacing hack adds volume in the mid foot, which in turn reduces pressure.
- Unlace your shoe from the top three eyelets so they are only laced through a few eyelets at the bottom
- Weave the end of your right shoelace through the eyelet directly above it, going towards the inside of the shoe, and repeat on the left side
- Then continue to lace up the rest of the shoe normally
FOR A WIDE FOREFOOT OR BUNIONS
This shoelace hack is helpful for relieving tightness and pressure if the front of your foot is wider than the rest of your foot. If you make the front of the shoe a little wider, it can also help prevent bunions.
- Unlace the shoe all the way to the bottom, so the lace is only in the bottom eyelet on the left and right side
- Thread the end of the right shoelace through the eyelet straight above it, going towards the outside of the shoe, and repeat on the left side
- Then thread the end of the right shoelace through the eyelet straight above it again, but this time going towards the shoe, and repeat again on the left side
- Continue to lace the shoes normally from here
We hope this blog post has been informative and helpful for our Grundy’s Shoes customers!