While I was in Illinois I ran with my huarache sandals. Either my form isn't smooth enough or the asphalt is especially bad for the leather laces. The knot that was on the bottom of each sandal wore off.
The good news is that I can just draw the lace through, tie another knot, and continue on. But I only had 20 miles on the sandals and I'm not keen on fixing the laces that often.
I didn't receive the leather footbed when I first ordered the sandals so I made the sandals without them. They're not necessary, but apparently they make the sandals a little more comfortable. So I had this idea. What if I glued the end of the lace between the footbed and the sole?
So I cut the footbed to fit and punched a hole for the lace. I glued both pieces and...
...this is what the finished product looks like. Now my concern is the parts of the lace on the sides. I'm wondering if those wear through eventually. If so, then I can always put the lace through the sole and tie another knot.
I've been getting a lot of barefoot running in. I've been running nearly every day and I always do at least one mile barefoot except for days I run to work. Most of the time I do 2-3 miles barefoot. It's quite the contrast with my first 4-5 months where I ran barefoot maybe twice a week. Patience.
And now I'm wondering how it's going to go with the winter coming. I find my minimum temp is 40 degrees. Lower than that and it gets painful.
BTW, there's a lot more talk about barefoot running in the news. It's really not a novelty.