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    Pixie's Skate Rant Thread

    I went to get my skates fitted in march the day before my 1st group lesson. We decided on Reidell Gold Medallions. I was fitted as a size 7 extra wide, but she let me try on reg width. They felt fantastic. When I removed the skate, my foot was a little red, but thats not a problem to me (I have normal ball of the foot and narrow heals). She said no no no, you have to get X wide. So we have to wait a month. I try them on and they feel waaaaay wide in the heal. She says theyre my size and my mom agrees and it turns into a thing of my mom saying she wont let me buy the reg skate (even with my money). So I buy xwide.

    The break in went well, however my heal has always slid. I have to spend a long time lacing them tight in someplaces and loose in others in order to jump. Landing is really rotten becuse they are to thick (the meausrement other than legnth and width) in the ball of the foot and so I dont always settle back in fast enough.

    Now Im having a hard time with keeping the laces tight and I get irritated often.

    i was talking to my friend and she said that the girl who fit my skates is known for just going by #s and not how it feels to the skater.

    I dont think I will have them too much longer (ie we will call harlick when I get xmas $). I just wanted to rant...

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    Pixie: I think your fitter should have taken more measurements. My husband got new Gold Stars about three weeks ago. His foot TECHNICALLY measured out to a 9 and 1/2 wide--but his joints below his big toe are slightly enlarged. Our skate goddess took a bunch of measurements all over both feet, and he could have worked with either a wide or medium width. She told us that the woman she works with at Reidell would be able to work with the measurements and would send the right boot. Sure enough, she send a 9 and 1/2 M (medium/average) and the boots fit great and he's very happy with them. Sorry that yours have not worked out--is there any way you could work with the shop so they'd cover at least part of the cost of a replacement since their fitter goofed? Good luck.

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    I think if it's possible, get fitted from two or more places to check if they are consistent.
    Today I tried on a pair of Risport RF3's. I've currently been wearing an old pair of Cristallo's in size 255 (I'm almost 18, my foot hasn't grown for several years now, so it's not a growth issue), when the guy measured me today he fitted me with a 260. 5mm difference, I know, barely anything. The rest of the boot was very stiff and "hugging", but the toe box seemed a little..well...free, more than what I'm used to. He said they fit well and my heel didn't move, but because he didn't actually have a pair of 255's to try on, I'm rather apprehensive about the fitting and am going to try at another place next week. It's not exactly a cheap investment, and boot fitting is vital to your progression.

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    Like i said Im going to halick next time. Customs. Which what I planned to do after xmas anyway even before I tried on these boots. So I dont think the pro shop will or should have to pay for them. i want to get a job there so I might not want to make a huge stink. Im simply getting too advanced for them. I like my boot stiffer that the description says for the levels....

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    My daughter had this problem as she got older. She needed a wider width which in turn was too wide in the heel. We did finally, after a couple unsatifactory pair, have to go to customs, and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

    How old did you say you were? 15? Your feet are probably finished growing now, and you'll be able to get around 18 months out of them, if you go custom. If you were growing as fast as my daughter, and other kids at her rink, you were probably lucky to get 10 months out of your old ones, right?

    Yazmeen, you sound like you have a dream fitter! Lucky you!

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    ugh my skates do that, but i solved the problem by wearing slipper socks. lol.

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    actually..the thing is...I DONT need the wide width...its too wide in the ball of the foot too...

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    Aww..that's too bad Pixie. :( I had that problem too, where the fitter just went by what size my foot was. They lasted for a couple of weeks until the pain was just unbearable. I finally switched to boots that were much more comfortable.

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    Originally posted by skatepixie
    Like i said Im going to halick next time. Customs. Which what I planned to do after xmas anyway even before I tried on these boots. So I dont think the pro shop will or should have to pay for them. i want to get a job there so I might not want to make a huge stink. Im simply getting too advanced for them. I like my boot stiffer that the description says for the levels....
    Wait. You had your first group lessons in March? And you want customs already? I think your mom would be nuts to let you order custom Harlicks when you haven't even been skating for a year. If you're unhappy with the Reidells, fine, but try another brand's stock boot before your parents shell out the money for customs that, IMO, you have no use for.

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    If you've got the cash for custom Harlicks and want to splurge, you might as well. They probably won't last any longer than stock boots, especially if your foot is still growing. Just keep in mind that customs are kind of excessive unless you have very wonky feet and/or have tried every other boot make there is.
    Or of course, if you want leopard print skates.

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    I havent grown sence 4th or 5th grade...lol. And I buy my own skates. BTW, I have two singles already and my foot is kinda wacked out, so customs arent that bad an idea, esp sence Ill be even better by december.

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    Originally posted by skatepixie
    I havent grown sence 4th or 5th grade...lol. And I buy my own skates. BTW, I have two singles already and my foot is kinda wacked out, so customs arent that bad an idea, esp sence Ill be even better by december.
    I think that's wonderful. Just be careful in getting a boot that is too stiff for your level; that can cause a whole different set of problems for your feet.

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    I just like it like one otr two levels higher. I doubt that itll cause a problem.

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    Actually, I agree with Peach--be careful. One of our younger skaters who's only just getting into singles was sent for new boots, with coach requesting Reidell Silver Star or similar ones. I don't know what bill of goods she and her Mom sold the fitter, but she came back with a super stiff boot meant for someone doing triples and now she has a stress fracture. Her coach was less than pleased as you might guess. You're progressing well, Pix, and you will continue to progress but don't risk anything that might hurt your feet. (By the by, I'm kind of guessing by your board name that you're a petite little thing to begin with!!!)

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    Im not...I could stand to loose and am working on loosing 75 lbs....

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