So how to lace roller skates? Is this your first time lacing up roller skates?

Do you suffer from foot pain while skating? Or perhaps you want to learn more about laces?

If so, Continue reading because I may have some helpful tips for you.

So, I will be going over quite a bit of information about lacing.

First, I will talk about laces, widths, lengths, materials, and what they’re for. Then I will show you the standard way or the most common way to lace up a roller skate. And then, I’ll be going over a specific lacing technique for bunion pain, high arches, heels slipping and wide feet.

All right, so quickly, let’s go over the laces.

These are the tie roller skate poly laces that come standard on the Moxi Lolly package.

They also come in white and black.

This lace is generally a little bit on the thinner side. It’s made of a polyester blend. This material does stretch a bit.

Now, these laces are a different brand. They’re called Spark Laces by Derby Laces. So they have a bit of a shimmer to them, some glitter, and they don’t stretch as much.

So when you tug on it, it isn’t stretching out or making itself any thinner.

So there are different materials, and the different materials are just going to depend on how much the lace stretches. And why that matter is when you lace up your skate, if your laces have a bit of a stretch to them, then the boot will start to stretch out a little bit in certain areas and kind of mould your foot a bit.

But it could also end up stretching to the point where you have to replace your skates or retie them and tighten them up because they could loosen upon you, whereas laces are made up of material that’s a bit stiffer.

You’re not usually going to have to replace your skates, they are going to stay in place, but it does give a tighter fit.

So if you’re someone who suffers from tight feeling skates or wide feet, sometimes these laces could be a little bit too snug or make your boot feel a bit too snug.

But it is a personal preference so that you can give it a try for the different variations.

The other difference is the thickness. So you have thinner laces, and you have thicker laces. And they come even thicker than the poly laces.

The thicker ones are nice for having the laces stay in place and make your skate feel secure around your foot.

However, it is more difficult to get the laces around the hooks and sometimes through the eyelids.

I don’t have one for my personal preference for the thickness and material. I usually skate on whatever laces came with the boot. Or if I’m looking for something esthetic like the black laces to match this boot, which is a Moxi Jack that I had custom painted myself.

So I thought these laces would match nicely. Otherwise, I don’t mind. I’m not super picky about my skate stuff, but some people are.

Depending on what boot you have, the length of lace you need will determine the length of boot you need.

So these are high top boots.

And what I mean by that is the boot comes high up on the ankle. A low top boot is usually cut much lower on the ankle.

So high top boots generally need about 90 to one hundred inch roller skate lace . You can even go higher up to 108 in. or 118 in.

Again, this depends on how wide your foot is and how much the boot stretches to fit your foot inside it. And some people like to wrap their laces around the ankle before they tie it. And that would need longer laces.

But the standard lace is typically 90 to 100 inches long for a high top boot. This is different from low cut boots. And usually, you can look that up whenever a brand skate you have.

You can look up the stock laces that come with it and see the inches of it, and that will give you a guide on what laces to buy.

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The next important thing to know about laces is roller skate laces waxed.

So these are roller skate laces waxed. There are polyester laces that this brand makes. And then they also make wax coated laces, as many brands do. And the wax is supposed to keep the laces in place.

This is common in hockey, for example, because once you lace up your skates, you don’t want those laces moving around anywhere. You don’t want to have to replace them. So the wax is supposed to keep the laces perfectly in place and keep the knot that you tie at the top to stay there and not come untied.

So the wax is just a little bit tacky and keeps the laces together. Not everyone prefers wax laces because, as I said, it can be a little bit tougher to lace them up and get them around the hooks. But a lot of people do prefer them.

So this is a personal preference. It is a nice little benefit to having wax laces, but again, not necessary. It just comes down to personal preference.

You may have also noticed that there are many different colours and patterns out there from different brands of laces. Usually, the colour and the pattern variation have nothing to do with the material of the lace and everything to do with the esthetics.

These options are to make the skater create a customized boot

that feels like them and gets to showcase the creativity of how they customize their skates with different accessories.

You can find many of these variations and colours and patterns on

So now that you’ve picked out the laces, you want, let’s lace them up.

Standard Roller Skate Lacing Techniques

I’m going to show you the standard roller skate lacing techniques. Or the most common way to lace up roller skates.

So to start, you’re going to take one end of the lace, and you’re going to loop it under through the first eyelets. They’re going to do the same on the other side.

I like to make sure that it’s nice and flat and not twisted, and then you’re going to bring up the laces and match the length. You want to match up the length so that they’re even on both sides by the time you get to the top.

So now you’re going to take one side of the lace, and you’re going to cross to the other side. So you’re going to alternate sides going to one, and then I’m going to skip an eyelet and jump over to the next one.

I am again trying to keep the laces flat and not twisted. Skip an eyelet, and go to the next one. And I’m staying with the same lace. I’m not alternating laces right now. I’m just going up with one skip, and I go to the next one.

OK, so now that I’ve gotten to the top and I’m at the hooks now, I will take the other side and repeat the process.

All right, so now that we’re at the top at the hooks, this is the part

that you may have heard before, but if not, this could be new to you. Many people want to lace under the hooks, but that’s not how you’re supposed to do it. I do it the wrong way.

So if you’re like me, don’t feel bad. It’s very common. You want to go over the hook and come under. So once again, instead of going this way, you’re going to be going this way.

So you might be wondering why you go over and instead of under. And this is to keep the hooks in good condition. Sometimes doing the under method could pull the hooks out of place or twist them up and cause damage to them over time.

It also creates a tighter fit and more ankle support. When you do it the over method, I wouldn’t say that doing it under is wrong or anything terrible will happen.

When I get out to the skate park and lace up my skates, I want to get there. So I do it super fast, and I go, and I’m not paying much attention to it, but I know this is technically the proper way.

So now that you’re at the top of the hooks, you’re just going to tie a standard bow of your choosing. If they have a lot of extra lace, some people will wrap the laces around the ankle, depending on how wide your ankle is or how much room is left with the laces.

Some people tie a small knot. Some people tie a big bow. Some people wrap it around. That’s up to you. So it should end up looking something like this.

Probably a little bit nicer when there’s a foot inside. But this is the common lasing technique for a high top roller skate.

How Do You Lace Up Skates For Bunion Pain? 

This one is something that I do. If you don’t know what it is, look it up. But your toes start to kind of lean in towards themselves. And then it leaves that outer edge to be very sensitive to pressure and shoes and skates, things like that.

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Skates can cause bunions or make them worse just because of the typical shape of many boots. So if you are someone who suffers from this pain, you are not alone. And this technique has helped me a lot. 

So just like the standard lacing technique, you’re going to start with having your first thread come through under the eyelids. Some people like to go over because I think it looks nice. That’s up to you.

So I’m going to do my first crossover on each side. And now that I’m here, this is where I need to make some decisions. So depending on where the pressure is on your bunions or if you feel like you have very narrow toe bocks and it’s putting pressure on the sides of your toes, you can also use this technique.

So you want to find that main pressure point. If you put your foot in the skate, it will be easier to find it if you just push along the sides. For me, it’s usually about the bottom left that I feel the most pain. Because of that, I’m going to find that pressure point.

I see it’s between these two eyelets, So instead of crossing back over, because if I cross over, it’s going to pull the boot. When I sit up, it will pull it pretty tight and create that pressure point.

So to avoid that, I’m going to stay on the same side and go over to the next eyelet with the lace already on this site. So it should look something like this.

If you suffer from the same issue on the other side, it would be the same process. And then, from here, you can start alternating once again if you’d like to. If you feel like there’s still too much pressure, you can do it once more.

Going from inside and coming out on the next eyelet, staying on the same side. This will relieve a little bit of pressure on those pressure points. And now I can start doing my crossover like the common technique. So it should be something like this.

Yours might look slightly different depending on where your pressure point is. You can start it and eyelet earlier or later, depending on where that pressure feels for you. And if you’re not sure, you can play around with different placements and see what feels the best.

How To Lace Skates For High Arches?

Now, this technique is pretty identical to the Bunion technique, except usually, the placement of where you skip the eyelet will be about the same for each person.

You can certainly try out different ways and see. But unlike the bunion method, the bunion one or the pressure point one is you’re really looking for a specific area and don’t necessarily have to skip on both sides.

But for the high arch one, it will look very much the same. But this is usually the way that everybody will do it. So you’re going to start with the standard first under through thread. 

Then I’m going to cross over once on each side. And from here, instead of crossing over again, like the common method, I’m going to stay on the same side and loop through once on each side.

Yeah, we’re a little twisted. It’s fine. Ignore that.

So now, again, I’m going to come through on the inside, staying on the same side with the same place and come through one more time.

And now, from here, you can continue to lace up the standard way by alternating each side. And it should look something a bit like this.

Now, this technique helps with high arches a lot of times

for people who experience high arch pain where they know they have high arches, and the pain they experience can sometimes be numbness in the front of the foot. And this relieves a little bit of pressure in the front of the foot

to help with that pain.

And This Next Technique Is For Heel Slipping.

This is a pretty common issue that people experience. And what that is, is it’s when you feel your heel lifting a little bit out of the boot since it’s a high type boot, your foot’s probably not going to come right out of the boot. But sometimes, people who have low sitting boots can feel this a little more predominantly. But if you feel like your heels are lifting a bit when you’re skating, this technique could help you.

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For this technique, you will do the standard lacing technique up until the last eyelets. So up until here is where you’re going to stop.

You’re going to save one eyelet at the top, and what we’re going to do is with the lace that’s on that side. You’re going to come to the eyelet that’s right up above and repeat that on the other side.

OK, so now that we’ve made these little loops on each side that we can use, you’re going to crisscross… applesauce, and you’re going to loop it under that loop and come through.

Same on the other side.

Loop it through. Come through.

So now, when you cross over and start going through the hooks, you’re going to get a little extra tension that comes across right through this area. That should help keep your heel laying a bit more flat in your skate and can help them prevent you from pushing up a bit.

So once you do the full hook, you can make that as tight as you need it to be and then tie your standard bow or knot or whatever you’d like. So it should look something a bit like that.

Obviously will be different when there’s a foot inside, but it’s the standard lacing with the loop at the top, and then you come through that loop to create extra tension.

And finally, how do you lace up roller skates for wide feet or skates that feel too tight?

There are two techniques that you can use. 

The first one is quite simple. It is the common crossing over method that we’ve already gone over. But you’re going to be skipping every other eyelet.

So normally, I would go straight to this next one and then start alternating sides with the same lace, And you can repeat this up. It showed something a bit like this.

And the cool thing about this method is you don’t have to skip every other eyelet up if you feel like you only have pressure or the skate feels too tight in one area, let’s say just right here, then you can do that method.

Up until this point. And then start going every other if you want some tightness in certain areas and not others. So you can kind of play around with the placement there.

And now the second technique for wide feet or skates, the feel too tight is

probably the most tricky lacing technique of all the ones we’ve gone over so far.

This is the only one you have to go on top of instead of underneath.

So I’m going to be looping over the first eyelet. So you can see that it looks a bit different with it being placed on top instead of underneath.

And the reason for this, you’ll see in a second, is to create this pattern up to the top. So with the same lace on the same side, I will go to the next eyelet. So it’s created two lines at this point.

Make sure you’re coming underneath all of that mess, almost like a bunch of wires. When you’re setting up a TV or something, you’re going to go to the next available eyelet on the same side. And then cross over to the other side, that’s parallel the island, that’s parallel from where you just came up

for esthetic reasons.

I like to make the laces all flat for this, and there are no twists in them because then it just looks nice. You’re going to repeat this process.

You can do that method up to the very last eyelet and then tie or not. But for this skate, because there are hooks that we need to get to, to start crossing over onto the hooks, you’re going to want to save one eyelet to come across with each lace. And now you’re back to the normal way and can start going up your hooks like normal. And it should like something a bit like this.

This technique allows you to keep some areas loose if you need to. It helps you stretch certain parts without having too much pressure, like the crisscross method can create a lot of pressure on the top of the foot.

So depending on actually where the pressure is, if you have wider feet or skates that feel too tight, you can try both of these techniques and find out which one works best for you.

I hope these techniques have helped you. If you think you have a friend who could benefit from one of these, please share it with them, and Happy skating.


My name is Patricia Toh. I was born in the southen of China but I live in Hawaii. I work as a translator. I love skating. But in the future, I’d like to try yoga too."

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