To enjoy your favorite sport, you need properly fitted equipment, and for figure skaters, the most important piece of equipment is the properly fitted boot. Properly fitted boots are not only important for comfort but they also help you skate better.
Do you know that how you lace your boots affects the fit of the boots? Proper lacing keeps your foot firmly in the boot and at the same time gives your ankle freedom for maneuvering. The heel of your foot should be locked back into the heel area as far as possible and, when properly laced and standing, your toes should almost brush the front of the boot.
Things to Keep in Mind:
- Lacing should be snug with the firmest lacing being from behind the ball of the foot up to the ankle. Lacing is secure but not tight across the toes and above the ankle. This gives proper support to your feet and ankles and helps prevent injury or irritation.
- Keep your feet firmly in place against the back of the boot while lacing.
- By pulling both ends of the laces at the same time, you apply pressure for a more secure fit.
- Lace tightly up to the hooks, then put in a couple of half twists below the ankle bend to prevent your ankle from getting sore.
- When the lacing is completed, you should have a snug, but not tight, feeling from the twist to the top of the boot.
- When the boot has been laced properly to get a hinge effect at the ankle, forward and back, you should be able to insert two fingers at the back of your leg.
It’s not a good idea to buy boots that are too big or to wear a second or third pair of socks to make the boots fit. You need to be able to feel your boots and have them fit snugly around your feet and ankles in order to skate well.