Lace your skates

How to lace and tie your figure skates correctly:

Lacing Pattern The Herringbone pattern is the most commonly used and is the one we recommend. This allows the boot to be held firmly and offers the flexibility to spread the tension as required throughout the length of the boot. 
The laces should be passed over the eyelets and threaded from the outside to the inside. 
This allows the lace to be pulled horizontally and also offers 3 other main advantages
· No direct pressure on the instep
· The lace can hold the foot firmly and evenly
· The laces are self locking at every phase, which helps stop them coming undone. 
At the ankle area where the hooks are we recommend laces are 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 can self-lock on every hook and help prevent loosening
· Direct pressure is applied to the boot rather than the leg
· A ‘V’ shaped closure forms at the top allowing the ankle to bend more easily to maximise skater flexibility and performance. 
The heel area is the part of the foot that controls the skate and it is essential that the heel is kept in place during skating.
For this reason we recommend that rather than even tension throughout the lace that an ‘egg timer’ pattern is followed as this ensures correct foot position and maximum flexibility.·         At the toe end of lacing the laces should be slightly looser to facilitate toe movement.·         Laces should then be pulled tighter across the instep to keep the heel securely in place.·         This will allow the laces to be looser across the ankle to allow the leg and foot to bend.

Once the boot is laced properly you can check the tension by running your fingers over them, they shouldn’t move.

When taking the boot off loosen the laces ALL the WAY DOWN, so releasing tension off the boot to ensure it maintains its perfect fit.Ensure you dry the blades and boots after each time you wear them.  And do not leave the blade guards on the blades.  Rather use soft absorbent soakers to protect the blades when not in use.


Tip: Do not leave laced boots in a hot car, as they may loose shape.