Riedell Roller Skate Care and Sizing Information
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Four factors generally determining how long boots will last: Skating level,
skater size and weight, type of boot and most importantly, maintenance and care
of boots. If properly cared for, the life of a boot can be dramatically
prolonged to maintain the skate's original comfort and performance. For
handcrafted leather boots, it is essential that care be given after every use
best preserve the condition of the skate from the time of purchase. Premature
breakdown caused by material deterioration is the biggest cause of boot wear.
Leather deterioration as a result of chemical and thermal forcers produced by
the feet entering and corroding the leather.
Perspiration = Deterioration
When boots are skated on for an extended period of time, they often become wet
from perspiration on the inside lining. Composed of 98% moisture and 2% salts
and acids, perspiration is a central element in boot corrosion. The foot
produces and carries more bacteria that any other part of the body. Bacteria
consumes protein, and since leather is 98% protein, it also eats boots. To
prevent these different types of deterioration, perspiration should be wiped
from the inside and outside of boots after every use.
Save the Leather
It is often necessary to loosen laces on the boots and pull the tongue forward
to allow the boots to dry at room temperature. When wet skates are stored in
skate bags or lockers, they quickly become victims of mold, mildew and rotting
leather. The routine use of leather protectants will help keep leather looking
and feeling like new. Riedell recommends using Silicone Protectant to prevent
moisture absorption by linings, Sno Seal to keep heels and soles from weakening,
and Lexol® to restore and condition leather uppers. After protectants have
dried, using Shoe Finish helps bring back the original color and shine of the
Proper Fitting of Riedell Boots:
Identifying Indicators of Misfit Boots
With proper understanding of boot fitting, it is relatively easy to determine if
a boot is misfit. Such determination can be made when a boot is new, but as the
boot is worn, such indicators usually become much more evident. The following
indicators may assist with determining proper boot fit.
A. Ball area and throat of the boot
An extremely critical area to watch is the throat and ball area of the boots.
1. If the lacing pattern is drawing too close together or buckling of the eye
stay area occurs when the boot is laced firmly on the skater, two possibilities
a. The boot is too long for the skater.
b. The boot is too wide for the skater.
2. If the lacing pattern is extremely wide, or the ball and throat area is too
wide apart, the reverse situation may exist.
a. The boot length is too short.
b. The boot width is too narrow.
In this situation, usually, the skater will complain of pinching or discomfort.
Proper lacing in the throat area should be no closer together when the boot is
laced snugly on the skater than the normal width of the throat of the unlaced
3. If the lacing pattern is too close when laces are pulled snugly, the
following may result:
a. The skater will not obtain a snug fit, particularly after the boot is used,
as the boot stretches to a certain degree when broken in.
b. The skater will experience a lack of boot support.
c. Foot slippage will occur resulting in possible blisters and/or discomfort.
d. Poor skating performance.
e. Premature skate breakdown.
B. Heel or ankle area
The second primary area of concern is the heel and/or ankle area. Remember that
the majority of a boot's support is obtained from the counters and back quarters
of the boot. If those areas are not fit snugly, heel slippage may result
1. Blisters and/or foot irritations.
2. Loss of structured support affecting performance.
3. Premature skate breakdown
As with the throat area, the lacing pattern of the entire boot should be
uniform. If the lacing pattern of the instep and ankle area is too close
together, the boot may be too wide or too long. An excellent indicator is
excessive heel slippage. If that results, all of the above listed problems will
occur. If the lacing pattern is excessively wide, the boot may be too narrow or
too short, once again the skater will usually complain of discomfort.
The majority of misfit boots is usually caused by selecting a boot that is too
wide for the skater rather than too narrow for the skater. It is suggested that
the boot be fit as snug as possible in width without pinching. Remember, it is
always better to adapt any particular spot on a boot, with the aid of a boot
press or a ball and ring device than to go wider over the entire boot just to
accommodate a particular area of the foot.
When determining proper or improper fit of a used boot, the examination of the
laces and the footbed can provide valuable information on the boot fit. Usually
the laces will stain or mark which will indicate where they were pulled snug. In
this way, you can re-lace the boot without the skater and determine the lacing
pattern of the boot.
The footbed will also stain in use and show you exactly how the foot is fit in
the skate. Indication of foot slippage can be found by the staining or imprint
of the toes on the footbed. The darker or more dominate stain is caused by the
weight of the foot and fit in length can be easily determined. The light edge
stains on the footbed will indicate foot slippage, and the total impression of
the little toe on the footbed is an excellent indication of the boot being too
Again, the vast majority of misfit boots is caused by oversizing. If undersizing
occurs, adjustment can be made with the use of a boot press or a ball and ring
device. Unless it is the skater's preference, undersizing seldom occurs due to
the skater's immediate discomfort or pinching. However as with oversizing, the
same indicators of laces and footbeds can be used to make the determination on
undersizing a boot.
All Riedell boots designated with the "HEAT MOLDABLE CONSTRUCTION" symbol are
able to be heat molded to the foot. The process is simple, however caution is
suggested. Artistic boots can use a heat gun, oven, or a hair dryer to form the
boot while the quad and inline skates should use a heat gun only -no oven
heating. The materials used in the construction process are laminated with heat
sensitive adhesive cement. The best way for boot adjustment is to heat the boot
with a heat gun or hair dryer in the area to be adjusted. The boot is then put
on a boot press or stretching machine to push out the trouble area. This process
is suggested for areas of the foot such as bunions, ball joint areas,
anklebones, navicular bones, heel spurs, etc. Be careful not to over heat the
boot as this can cause the leather to burn or delaminating of the soles and
uppers. If heating in a boot oven, do not exceed temperature of 180 - 200
degrees F with length of heating time not to exceed 4-5 minutes.
All boots are US men's sizes, except for the Artistic skates which are US
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