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How to Lace Roller Skates: 5 Ways for Different Types of Feet

How to lace roller skates
Written by Kevin Gerard

You may have just purchased a new pair of skates or may not be happy with your lace setup. Even though it takes a bit of time, laces are very important to the skating process. In the end, well-laced skates boost your performance and comfort, helping you skate more effectively.

Let’s take a look at some popular methods and tips so you can kick things off right away.

How to Lace Roller Skates

Technique 1: The standard way

Step 1: Take one end of the lace and loop it under through the first eyelets

Step 2: Bring up the laces and match the size

Step 3: Now take one side and cross it over the other side, going to one but then skipping the next one

Step 4: Do this all the way up to the top.

Step 5: Grab the other lace and do this all the way to the top again

Step 6: You want to go over the hook when you get to the metal prongs and then come under. Do this all the way up alternating sides.

Step 7: Finish off with a bow of your choice

Pro tip: Go over the hook instead of under

This isn’t mandatory, but it helps to keep the hooks in good condition. Going under can pull the hooks off from the added pressure. This also offers more ankle support and a tighter fit.

Technique 2: Lace roller skates for wide feet

Method 1

Step 1: Follow the same cross over technique as you did above but don’t skip the next eyelet

Step 2: You’re going to put the lace in the first hole on one side and then start alternating sides. So you need to skip the first eyelet and jump to the next one.

Step 3: Do that process all the way up.

Step 4: Finish by tying off how you normally world.

Method 2

Step 1: You need to loop over the first eyelet, then hold the strings up and get them at equal lengths

Step 2: Get the same lace on the same side and go to the next eyelet over.

Step 3: Go over and under the next eyelet and cross over to the other side. You create two lines in the middle.

Step 4: On the next one, you need to make sure you are going under to the next available eyelet on the same side.

Technique 3: Lace skates for high arches

Step 1: Lace-up typically except save one eyelet on the top and come across with each lace. Now you can start going up the hooks like you usually would.

Technique 4: Lace-up skates for bunion pain

Step 1: Start with your first thread coming through under the eyelets and do your first crossover.

Step 2: With your foot in the skate, feel down the sides to find the pressure point that hurts.

Step 3: Instead of crossing over, which is going to add more pressure on that point. You can stay on the same side and go to the next eyelet with the lace on that side.

Step 4: Do the same for the other side if you have a pressure point in the same area.

Step 5: You can go back to alternating again. Go from the inside to the next eyelet. Stay on the same side.

Step 6: Now do the common crossover like you were doing before, all the way to the top. Finish with a knot and bow.

Technique 5: Technique for heel slipping

Step 1: Do the standard lacing technique all the way to the top. Leave one eyelet free.

Step 2: Go into the eyelet with the lace that is on the same side that is right above.

Step 3: Repeat this on the other side

Step 4: With the loops on each side, you are going to crisscross, then loop it under the loop and come through.

Step 5: Finish off how you like. A knot and a bow are sufficient.

Things that matter when you lace roller skates

when you lace roller skates

Photo courtesy of Justfunfacts

1. Thinness vs thickness

Thicker lacers stay in place and secure a more secure fit around your foot.

2. Stretch

This matters because the boot will stretch out in certain areas when you lace the shoe up. This will mold to your feet. If there is too much stretch, you will need to replace the skates or frequently tighten up the laces.

3. Length

The length of the lace hi-top boots needs around 90 to 100 inches of lace. Some require more or less depending on the width of your foot. Some people like them longer to wrap them around the skate first before tying off.

4. Wax coating

The wax on the laces works to hold the laces in place and keep the knot tight.


1. How do skate laces get measured?

Ans. On one side of the skate, count the eyelets. Measure the eyelets you counted in step 2 x the measurement you took in step 1. Multiply the result by two to get the total. Next, increase the lace length by 18-20 inches.

2. Is it better to use flat or round laces?

Ans. Most skates have round laces since they are more durable and can handle more pressure and tugs.

About the author

Kevin Gerard

I started off my career as a mechanical engineer at a scooter manufacturing company back in 2012. I’ve been into kick scooters and swimming since the early years of my life. Over time, I quit the latter for the love of the former and soon started to be recognized as a kick scooter expert!

I wanted to take scooter designing professionally but my family forced me to study engineering. Luckily, I decided to study mechanical engineering! That made way for me to work in the field of kick scooter designing as a core researcher and developer.

I am one of the founding members of Scooterlay and I contribute to the website as the head of the research team. I am currently working on my first book on the basics of kick scooter riding. This is a guide for beginner riders that will soon be published by Warner House Press, Arizona.

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