Figure Skate Boot & Blade Care
Boot Care and Accessories
Take care of your boots and they will care for your feet – and keep looking good – for a long time. Take a few minutes for some simple skate care after each session on the ice.
- First, wipe boots down inside and out because moisture and bacteria from your feet can attack leather and cause mold, mildew and rotting.
- Loosen laces and pull the tongue forward to let your boots dry. It’s tempting to store your boots in a locker or skate bag immediately after practice, but it is always best to let your skates dry at room temperature.
- Did you know a typical leather boot can soak up to a pound of excess moisture? We recommend using Silicone Protectant to prevent moisture buildup in the leather.
Talk to your dealer about these boot care products.
- Riedell Lacing Hooks: Proper lacing—not too tight and not too loose—is vital for a comfortable fit. Our lacing hooks help you get the perfect fit easily and comfortably in your Riedell skates. Molded for hand comfort, they make lacing a breeze!
- Riedell Laces: Your beautiful boots deserve only the best, so Riedell’s spun Poly and Nylon laces last longer and don’t tear as easily as others. Available in white, beige and black. Find the length that is right for your Riedell Skates with our lace chart.
- Riedell Shoe Polish: In skating, scuff happens! Whether you spend hours on the ice each day or just visit the rink when the mood strikes, nicks and blemishes on your boots are bound to occur. Fix problem areas with Riedell’s shoe polish available conveniently in white, beige and black.
- Three-Way Boot Care System: Keeping your skates in great shape is as easy as 1, 2, 3! This extensive three-way boot care system works together (or separately) to keep your Riedell’s looking great! Whittemore Heel and Sole Enamel surrounds Riedell’s cork heels and soles with a waterproof polish, and Lexol® Leather Conditioner maintains the leather’s sheen and softness. Lastly, Silicone Protectant prevents moisture buildup in the leather.
- Sno Seal®: is a beeswax-based waterproofing formula that protects boots from moisture build up. The formula dries as solid wax, so it stays on your boot longer to keep your whole boot dry, warm and light.
The condition of your blades directly impacts your performance on the ice. The key is to keep edges in top condition. Maintenance begins as soon as you step off of the ice. Here are 6 simple tips for blade care:
- Wear blade guards as soon as you leave the ice or rubberized surface to avoid scraping or chipping the top layer of chrome, leaving the steel underneath vulnerable to corrosion from moisture.
- When you remove your skates and take off guards, wipe blades and mounting surfaces dry. This prevents screws from rusting and your boot leather from rotting. Use blade soakers to protect your blades as they return to room temperature.
- Wipe blades again after letting them sit for a couple minutes because water droplets (condensation) will form on your blades as they return to room temperature.
- When it’s time to store blades in your skate bag, always put them in soakers. These help to draw off any remaining moisture and protect blade edges while inside your bag. And try not to store blades in hard guards. Why? They hold moisture which can cause rust damage.
- Make sure your blade guards are in good condition, and replace them when necessary.
- Finally, have your blades sharpened regularly by a trained technician for best results. Find a nearby Authorized Riedell Dealer.