We all learned how to tie our shoes as kids – insert bunny-themed nursery rhyme here – so you probably think you’ve got your lacing game on lock. But did you know that the way you lace and tie your skates can affect their fit and performance?
Read on to learn some tips to help you lace your skates like a pro!
Skate boots tend to be much sturdier than regular shoes. This can make things uncomfortable if you have high arches, as the hard boot may apply pressure on the top of your foot. Try lacing your boots parallel so that you can easily loosen the specific areas that are giving you problems.
If you’re having issues with your heel slipping, make sure your skates aren’t too big. If they are the correct size (or if one foot is slightly smaller than the other) tighten your laces towards the back of the shoe to add stability at your ankle and heel. You make also need to try wearing thicker socks.
Ingrown toenails, corns, hammer toe, or just general tightness on your toes can be lessen through careful lacing. Start lacing with each end of the lace over the eyelets closest to your toes. Then measure the laces so that the lace closest to the painful toe is 5 inches shorter. Use the longer lace to zigzag through all of the skate’s eyelets. The shorter lace can then be crossed across the entire skate, straight to the eyelet closest to your opposite sided ankle.Then just tighten your skates normally. This will relieve pressure from the problem toe, but will still keep your skates tight enough.