How to Lace a Soccer Cleat
Selecting a properly fitting set of cleats can help you avoid injury on the soccer field and may, according to the Hughston Clinic, an orthopaedic clinic with offices in Georgia and Alabama. A well-fitting shoe can also improve your performance, according to the clinic. No matter what type of soccer cleat you choose, you'll need to know the best way to lace them up. Proper lacing can provide you with added stability and support when you're out on the field.
Position your soccer cleat on a table in front of you or on your lap. Point the toe end of your cleat toward your body.
Place each end of the lace through the top of each of the lowest holes of your soccer cleat, keeping the lace flat. Pull on whichever end of the lace that's necessary to even the lace out.
Hold on to the end of the left lace, while the soccer cleat is facing you, and bring it across and up to the second hole from the top on the right side of the shoe. Push that end of the lace through the hole from the bottom and out the top. Leave that end of your lace hanging there.
Grab the other end of your shoelace -- the one on the right side of the cleat --and run it under the opposite side of the lace that you just finished with, then up through the second hole from the bottom on the left side of your shoe.
Continue with the same end of your shoelace you were just using, running it back across to the right side of your soccer cleat, crossing over the top of the other end of the lace. Push it through the top and down into the second hole from the bottom on that side. Bring it back across to the left side of the cleat, running it under the other end of the lace again, and run it up through the third hole from the bottom. Keep doing this with the same end of your shoe lace until you work your way up to the second hole from the top on the left side.
Run this same end of your shoelace through the bottom and up through the top of the second hole from the top on the left side of your soccer cleat, just opposite the other end of your shoelace. At this point, both ends of your lace should be hanging out the top of the second holes from the top, with only the cleat's top holes left empty.
Bring each side of the lace through the top of the holes immediately above it. Adjust your lace to make both ends even.
Tie your soccer cleat as your normally would, making the shoes as tight as you can without making them uncomfortable. Double-tie your laces tightly for added safety.
Wrap extra long laces around the bottom of your soccer cleat before you tie them, suggests Serious Goalkeeping, a goalkeeper school in Canada. To do this, bring each side of your lace around the bottom of your soccer cleat, bringing both ends up to the top and pulling to make the laces as snug as you can, then tie your shoe like normal.
Carefully tighten your laces starting at the end closest to your toes and work your way up, advises Dick's Sporting Goods.
Never wear your soccer cleats on concrete because the concrete can wear down your cleats faster, warns the Hughston Clinic.
- Never wear your soccer cleats on concrete because the concrete can wear down your cleats faster, warns the Hughston Clinic.
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