A properly lacing helps to keep the foot in the right position and ensures that the boot can work to its full potential and maximize performance.
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Mathematically there are about 2 trillion different ways to lace a boot with 6 eyelets.
We’ve researched this complicated area to save you the time.
This means you can lace the boots not only with the correct pattern but with the right tightness through the shoe to maximize your skating.
Edea produce special skating laces that have extra strong fibers running though the length which helps to prevent loosening.
The addition of an Edea lace strap will also reduce slipping and allow the skater to tuck lace ends away for a more stylish look. However, even with extra strong laces and lace straps the constant strain on laces mean they need replacing.
At Edea we recommend replacing laces every 2/3 months depending on your training programme.
Don’t replace laces on the day of competition but a session before. This allows you to get used to the slightly different feel of new laces.
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.
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.
Tip: Do not leave laced boots in a hot car, as they may loose shape.
The human foot is not symmetrical, with the inner foot wider while the outer foot is smaller.
The tongues job in a shoe is to protect the instep and allow the foot to bend. This action is even more crucial in a skate where this flexibility is the difference between winning and losing.
This means the tongue needs to be held firmly in place by secure lacing, without this it follows the a-symmetry of the foot and moves outwards effecting both performance and comfort.
This is another reason we recommend that you lace not only with the correct pattern but with the correct tightness.
However, even with the correct pattern and tension sometimes a misalignment in your foot arch can still cause the tongue to move around.
To help prevent this Edea has introduced a lace holder on its professional boots.
The lace holder forces the tongue to follow the direction of the laces rather than trying to fall outwards.
1. Pull both the tips of the laces through the holder
2. Tongue Binding
On our ICE FLY boots a further binding is applied over the tongue to avoid it bending and hitting the top part of the toes during strenuous movements.
The tightened laces keep the tongue firmly attached to the upper to maximize performance.