Incorrectly sized and fit skate boots can cause foot discomfort, affect skater performance, cause premature skate breakdown and also lead to injury. Optimize your comfort and performance on and off the ice by following this list of Dos to make sure your Riedells 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. Just like quality shoes, each brand of skates has different sizing unique to the manufacturer. See Riedell’s sizing chart now or visit your local Authorized Riedell Skate Dealer.
Skates that are sized too large with the hope of the skater being able to grow into them is a mistake. Skates that are too big will not fit or support the foot properly and can cause discomfort, breakdown and possibly 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 may be needed. Another way to determine if the skate is the incorrect width: look at the boot when laced up with firm lace tension. If the lacing width is too close together, the boot is too wide for your foot. 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 been specially trained and has a wealth of information to help you evaluate your skate needs and can properly measure and fit your feet. If you have any specific questions about sizing, ask your local Authorized Riedell Dealer, share your questions on our Facebook page or Twitter direct message us.
If there is one thing almost every figure skater can relate to, it’s the period right after you purchase a new pair of boots—the “break-in period!” Every pair of Riedell boots is manufactured with the finest materials and components that allow the skate to conform and shape to the exact form of your foot. And remember, as you continue to skate, the more quickly your boots will continue to mold to meet your foot’s unique shape. To get the most out of your boots, have them sized, prepared and heat molded by a trained Authorized Riedell Dealer for minimum break-in. This 10-step process ensures maximum heat activation of boots for effective skate fitting.
Boots laced too tightly can cause numbness and pain in your feet. To be your best on the ice, your boots should be laced properly. How? Snugly tighten the laces starting in the laces from the first eyelets at the throat, maintaining even tension up to the instep. The throat area should be no closer together when the boot is laced on your foot than the width of the unlaced throat. Then, put a couple of cross twists and finish with medium tension. This keeps your foot firmly in place while allowing maximum flexibility at the ankle joint. The lacing pattern of the entire boot should be uniform. Laces that are to long create a tripping hazard make sure that you have the correct length of laces with our lace chart.