Over the last month, we’ve shared our insights to help you stay healthy and organized while training in your perfectly fitted Riedell ice skates. As your schedule is sure to grow busier, we want to share three quick and simple tips to keep your skate boots in great condition throughout the skating season and beyond.
After you finish your session on the ice, wipe your boots down—inside and out. Your foot perspires during your time on the ice, and perspiration is composed of 98% moisture and 2% salts and acids. Because of that, perspiration is a main element in boot corrosion. Drying all areas of your boot ensures that moisture and bacteria from your foot don’t attack the boot’s leather and cause mold, mildew and rotting.
It’s tempting to store your ice skates in a locker or skate bag immediately after practice, but let your skates dry at room temperature to avoid the moisture issues mentioned above. For more effective drying, loosen your laces and pull the tongue open.
Did you know a typical leather boot can soak up to a pound of excess water? To keep your boots in the best condition and looking beautiful, we recommend a four-part system (you can use each product separately, too!) to protect your ice skate’s leather:
Lexol® Leather Conditioner maintains your boot’s sheen.
Whittemore Heel and Sole Enamel protects cork heels and soles from moisture.
Silicone Protectant prevents moisture build up in leather.
Sno Seal®—a beeswax-based waterproofing formula—is another product we recommend to protect boots from moisture build up.
For more information on our Ice Skate Care products like polish and laces, check out page 19 of our 2011 Catalog. And check out this previous post for tips on how to keep your blades beautiful too!
Riedell Skates - Ice Please explain why the boots were so tall. Was it a difference in the type of leather? Was it due to different production methods? I "figure" the skating moves were quite different from today, much less jumping & even different spins. I assume the technology of boot making has changed with the needs of the skaters. Fascinating & are the blades also different?
Hello Lori:Thank you for the post and we appreciate your continued support of the Riedell brand of skates. Over the years skating has changed with more difficult type of jumps required and the support needed to provide stability and protection for the ankle.The type of upper material(leather & synthetic) used for the outside of the skate has increased in strength, durability and temper. There are additional layers of support laminated between the outside upper and inside lining of the skate that can increase support also. Because of the added support built into the boot, ankle flexion can be affected so to allow the skater more forward/backward flexibility the overall height of the skate has decreased. Blades design and material usage has also changed to provide the skater with performance benefits. Some new technology has been aluminum blade holders with stainless steel blade runners, Lightweight Titanium material to provide less weight for faster speed, better jumping and stronger support.