Incorrectly sized and fit ice skate boots can cause foot discomfort, affect skater performance, cause premature skate breakdown and lead to injury. Optimize your comfort and performance on and off the ice by following this list of skate fitting ‘Dos’ to make sure your Riedell Skates are a perfect fit.
One of the most common mistakes skaters make is to assume your skate size will be the same as your street shoe size. Like quality shoes, each brand of skates has different sizing unique to the manufacturer. See Riedell’s sizing chart or visit your local Authorized Riedell Skate Dealer.
Skates sized too large with the hope of the skater being able to grow into them is a mistake. Skates that are big don’t fit or support the foot properly and can cause discomfort, breakdown and could lead to injury.
The end of your toes should lightly brush the end of the boot. You do not want to be able to slide your toes side to side in the skate. If your toes slide sideways in the skate, this is a good indication that the boot is too wide and a narrower width is needed. Another way to determine if the skate is the incorrect width: look at the boot when laced up with firm lace tension. The lacing width should not be too close together, if it is the boot is too wide for your foot. Also, if the lacing width is too far apart, the width is too narrow. You can check your width against Riedell’s width chart or visit your local Authorized Riedell Skate Dealer.
Your Authorized Riedell Dealer has the training and information to help you determine your skate needs. Your Riedell dealer can measure your feet, fit your skates and answer any questions that you have about sizing.
Every pair of Riedell boots is made with the finest materials and components. These components allow the skate to mold and shape to the exact form of your foot. Once a skate has formed to your foot the “break-in” period is complete. The length of this “break-in” period will vary from skater to skater but, the more you skate, the more quickly your boots will mold to meet your foot’s unique shape. To ease the “break-in” period and maximize comfort we recommend, have your skates fit, sized, prepared and heat molded by a trained Authorized Riedell Dealer.
Boots laced too tightly can cause numbness and pain in your feet. To be your best on the ice, your boots must be properly laced.
Snugly tighten the laces starting with the laces in the first eyelet near your toes. Continue to lace up maintaining even tension through the laces at the instep. The laces that you have just completed should not be pinching or pulling the boot opening around the tongue, throat area, smaller than when the laces are loose. We recommend using a couple of cross twists in your laces at the top of the eyelets before finish lacing the hooks with medium tension. This keeps your foot’s heel firmly in place while allowing maximum flexibility at the ankle joint. The lacing pattern of the entire boot should be uniform. Also laces that are to long create a tripping hazard, make sure that you have the correct length of laces with our lace chart.
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