My Bauer Vapor LE inline skates don’t have much life left in them, so I really have to crank down on my laces. Finally, my poor feet could no longer take the abuse. My feet looked like they’d been bound in shackles and I didn’t want anyone asking questions. I looked into retail lace bite pads but the price scared me off.
Then I stumbled on a pad of a different sort. A mouse pad.
It took a little trial and error to get the sizing right, but eventually I found the right fit. The dimensions are roughly 4″ x 2 ½”. You can see from the photo I gave them rounded edges. Just for looks. When “mounting” the pads, I arranged them so the rough side was facing the tongue and the smooth side was against my socks. They’re not perfect, but I can definitely claim an improvement.
I’ve noticed a lot of the new skates, the Bauer Supreme One60s I use on ice for example, have padding sewn into the tongue to prevent this problem. If the padding your skates provide still isn’t enough, you might give this little trick a try.
For more ideas on preventing and curing lace bite, Built for Hockey has a few good suggestions.