Proper Lacing Technique
Yes skaters; there actually is a clear cut method for lacing your skates properly. Using the proper lacing technique could be the difference between needing to buy a new pair of boots or not.
- Always sit on a chair or bench when putting on skates (never sit on the floor).
- Loosen boot laces down as far as possible and pull tongue forward (Fig. 1).
- Place foot in boot and kick back on the heel while at the same time keeping the toe pointed upward at an angle such that the back of the leg is against the top back of the boot (Fig. 2). Once in this position, never lift up or move the foot until finished lacing boots to the top.
- Reach over and begin lacing; starting at the bottom, draw up any slack in the laces by pulling on them from as close to the boot as possible (Fig. 3).
- When the top of the boot has been reached, give a firm tug on the laces and finish tying them (Fig. 4, 5).
By simply following the directions above, a skater will sometimes notice more room in their boots. Parents too will find it easier to determine when their child is beginning to grow out of their skates.