Posted by ellie on August 19, 2014
When you think about your skates and important features of them, probably the last thing you really stop to think about is your laces.
But how you lace your skates is important. You have to start with good laces. There are many kinds, the come in different lengths, different colors/looks, and some even have wax or grippers on them to make them stay in place better.
Now it is time to lace up! This is when it gets complicated, if you are one of the lucky ones that can just lace up your skates and never have any problems...LUCKY!...and congrats!
For many others we have to play with it a bit to get the right fit. One common mistake is lacing skates too tight. You may think "OH MY GOSH I am putting wheels on my feet, I need to make sure they are on tight!" but that is not a good plan for most forms of skating.
I write this from the perspective of a roller derby skater, I see many Fresh Meat skaters do this, they then have numbness / tingling / extreme pain. None of those possible situations are going to make it easier to stay in your skates.
I have seen a lot of variations of lacing, on some skates with lacing to the toe, you can lace with two separate laces, allowing for a tighter or looser fit on either part of the skate. Like this:
That is the simplest form of alternative lacing, but can be especially useful if you have a wide foot in one area and slim in another.
Then you can do some really fancy things with laces to help with other feet/pain problems.
If you have no foot pain, if you have no issues, then do not worry about it. If you do have problems, why not try other lacing methods? Sometimes a componenet as small as a lace can be what is hindering you. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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