Properly lacing your skates can greatly impact your performance and prevent discomfort or injuries. Here are five commonly used lacing techniques that can be applied based on individual preferences and foot shape:
Regular – Under and Over
One of the most fundamental lacing styles for roller derby skates is the under and over technique. Begin by crossing the laces diagonally from the bottom eyelets, then loop them under the next set of eyelets. Continue this pattern until the laces reach the top, ensuring a snug fit while maintaining flexibility. By following this technique, you distribute pressure evenly across the foot, reducing the risk of foot fatigue.
If you have wider feet, the tightest section is often the toe box. To alleviate pressure and provide more space for your toes, focus on lacing only on the sides of the toe box section. Start the criss-cross lacing from the mid-foot onwards. This lacing method allows for a roomier toe box and a more comfortable fit for skaters with wider feet.
A suitable lacing technique for skaters with high arches involves threading the laces normally with a criss-cross pattern. However, when lacing up the mid-foot section, focus on lacing only on the sides. This method creates additional space in the mid-section, relieving pressure on the foot. Customize the lacing further by focusing only on the sides for any areas that feel too tight, adjusting the number of eyelets based on your comfort.
If you have a narrow foot, a lacing technique that can help is the skip-eyelet method. Start by threading the laces normally with a criss-cross pattern, but skip an eyelet as you continue the lacing pattern. Lace up normally towards the ankle. This technique allows for a more secure fit without causing discomfort or constriction.
In cases where heel slippage is an issue, it’s important to ensure that your skates are the correct size. Additionally, opting for thicker socks can provide a snugger fit. To address the slippage, lace your skates up as usual, but stop at the second-to-last eyelet. Instead of lacing through the final eyelet, thread the lace through the loop on the opposite side. Tie the remaining lace as usual. This technique helps secure the heel and minimize slippage.
Remember, each skater’s feet are unique, and finding the right lacing technique may require some experimentation. Pay attention to your comfort and adjust the lacing pattern accordingly to optimize the fit of your roller derby skates. Happy lacing!