In general, the more eyelets your sneakers have, the more control you have in deciding whether you want to wear your laces loose or tight. When participating in high-impact sports like outdoor running or intense gym workouts, it’s best to keep your laces snug around your feet. This helps reduce any pain or existing muscle tension while serving as a protective shield against impact and other potential injuries. People with narrow feet might want to tighten their laces to eliminate extra space inside the shoe. The criss-cross technique is a great way to achieve a tighter fit.
Starting from the top set of eyelets thread the individual HICKIE through the top eyelet on the right hand set of eyelets and out the second eyelet from the top of the opposite side set of eyelets. Take a second HICKIE and thread it through the second eyelet from the top of the right hand set of eyelets and out the first eyelet from the top of the opposite side set of eyelets. This should create a criss-cross pattern that lies flat on the tongue of shoe. Repeat with remaining sets of eyelets. Note that this technique requires two sets of eyelets (four individual eyelets) per ""criss-cross."" If your shoe has an odd number of sets of eyelets thread your HICKIE through the remaining two eyelets as you would with the regular fit technique. Once all HICKIES are in place fasten as you usually would. Pull the tip above the hard head clasp and hide the tip into the hole behind the head. Simultaneously pull and wrap the ring around the hard clasp to fasten the HICKIE while keeping the tip in the hole.