Most soccer cleats are laced up, but you will certainly find a few that do not have laces and are designed in a way that will hold the feet firmly and not interfere with performance. Lacing is one of the most important things you should learn to have an easy time staying in shape and to make sure the laces don’t cause any risk of falling or injury. Whether you’re shopping for soccer shoes for your child, youth, or you’re an advanced soccer player buying a pair, it’s important to know the ins and outs of properly tying your laces.
Tips for children
When you tie laces on kids soccer shoes, the traditional criss-cross lacing pattern is best. The laces should be tight enough to hold the show in place, but not too tight to make the fit uncomfortable.
A traditional knot should finish the lacing at the top and the ends of the knots tied again to create a sort of grandma’s knot.
It is important to choose laces that are long enough to allow for double tying, but not too long that there is a lot of bulk left to float or even get caught under the sole of the shoe when tied. It is best for parents to tie their children’s laces until they are able to tie them properly.
Tips for young players
They should be able to tie the laces on their own, with crisscross always being the best pattern. The lace should be threaded under the two eyelets closest to the tip of the shoe, making sure that both ends are the same length. Threading from below should be done up to the ankle before tying a bow tie, followed by a double knot when the show is in progress.
The laces should be kept tight from the bottom up and a bow knot should be tied at the point furthest outside the feet, as the shoes allow. It helps keep the knot away from the instep to reduce the impact on the knot of a toe kick.
Tips for advanced players
The influence on the laces is what needs to be focused on by advanced soccer players. The double knot should be away from the midline of the instep as the last eyelet can not allow.
The laces should also be tied so as not to risk being raked by opponents. The problem can be solved by using long laces that can go around the arch of the foot and using a surgeon’s knot to tie them.
It is important to note that some shoes may have features that can affect the lacing. Tongue curls are some of the features and they help prevent the tongue from slipping to the sides. Some may also come with a tongue flap which is an extended tongue that folds over the knots after tying to create a smoother instep surface. It is also not uncommon to find shoes with lace sleeves to cover up laces and knots. Choose a design that suits you in terms of lacing convenience and ensuring that the laces do not interfere with your performance.