Loosen up skates by pulling laces out a bit before placing foot in. Place foot in, tap heel of blade on floor to make sure heel back. Tighten laces from toe to ankle, tightest where foot and ankle bends. Lace around hooks with criss cross pattern. Finish with secure bow. Do not wrap extra lace around ankle. Double bow. Skater should be able to bend knees. If cannot, loosen the top hooks .