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How to lace up your boots?

It's very important to lace up your boots correctly.  Incorrect lacing of a pair of skating boots is just like a running car with flat tires.  Why would we urge our skaters to pay attention to this:
  • Lacing up your boots properly prevents premature breakdown of your skating boots, and extends the life of your boots.
  • Proper lacing will help you to achieve the footwork in your plan.
  • Most importantly it provides sufficient support needed around your ankles and prevents your foot from unnecessary injuries.

However we did see many skaters using incorrect laced boots even their boots are valuable, rigid, and capable of providing sufficient support.  In this page we'll explicate the correct lacing methods.  Hopefully all our Snow White skaters can make the best advantages of their boots.

The correct lacing methods are consisted of 4 parts:

  • The correct direction of shoe lace when it goes through boots eyelets.
  • The correct way of shoe lace that helps to stabilize the shoe tongue.
  • The correct way of lacing for upper hooks.
  • Correct lace tension applied to the boot in different areas.
1. The correct direction of shoe lace when it goes through boots eyelets.  Hint: From exterior to interior

The lacing from exterior, which means inserting the lace from up the eyelet, from outsides to insides the boot, gives the following advantages:
  1. The lace makes no direct pressure on the foot instep.

  2. It fastens the boot homogeneously.

  3. The lace becomes self blocking.

 

2. The correct way of shoe lacing that helps to stabilize the shoe tongue.  Our foot shape is anatomical, not symmetric.  The inner (inside edge) part is higher and has more volume, while the outer (outside edge) part is lower and has less volume.  For more of each stroke the skater make, the tongue is pushed and follows the anatomical foot shape to fall towards outsides naturally.  In all shoes the function of the tongue is to protect the foot instep and to help the leg flexions.  To prevent this situation, a correct way of shoe lacing that helps to stabilize the shoe tongue is necessary. 

Found on some of the boot models, the manufacturers provide a textile loop sewn in the joining area of the tongue.  Let one lace goes through the loop and then twisted. Or let both laces go through the loop as the picture above shows. If your boot doesn't have that textile loop, try to punch two holes on the tongue and let one lace goes through the loop and  then twisted.  It will have the same function too.

3. The correct way of lacing for upper hooks.  Hint: Make a crisscross pattern in the center and lace around the hooks.

Use the shoe lace to circle around the hooks from the top, resulting in:

  1. a better function of the hook

  2. lace self-blocking

  3. featuring a lace V shape to help flections.

4. Correct lace tension applied to the boot at different areas.

Incorrect lacing tension!

A. Tight in hooks area.

B. Loose in the instep area.

C. Tight in the front.

The boot is deforming.  It generates incorrect folds and the tongue is twisted.

Also, skater's ankle is not secured safely.
 

Correct lacing tension!

A. Slightly loose in the top area because skater needs flexibility to bend their knees comfortably.

B. Firm in the hooks area.

C. Tight in the instep area.

D. Firm in the front area.

E. Relatively loose in the toe area.

By different tensions set at different areas, skater's ankle is secured.  Also the maneuverability of boot is perfectly achieved.

Source of photo and text : Edeaskates srl

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