Figure Skate Lacing
The correct lacing technique will help keep a skater's foot in the right position so the boot can maximize performance.
There may be thousands of ways to lace a skate boot that has 6 eyelets. But this is what Edea® and other major boot makers recommend, so you can lace up using the correct pattern but with the right tightness around the foot to support your skating.
The herringbone pattern is the most commonly used. The laces should be passed over the eyelets and threaded from the outside to the inside. This will allow laces to be pulled horizontally along with 3 other advantages
· No direct pressure on the instep
· The laces can secure feet firmly and evenly
· The laces are self locking at each level to help prevent them from coming undone.
At the ankle area where the hooks are, laces should be threaded from the inside over the hook, around the outside to the bottom and then up to the next hook. This will ensure:
· A uniform inward pressure on the hook – keeping the laces tighter
· The lace will self-lock on every hook to help prevent loosening
· Direct pressure will be applied to the boot instead of the leg
· A ‘V’ shaped closure will be created at the top allowing the ankle to bend more easily for flexibility and performance.
When removing skates, laces ALL the WAY DOWN to release tension off the boot and maintain the fit.
Tip: Do not leave laced figure boots in a hot car, because they may loose shape.