Our good friends at Go 4 Sports Distribution Australia sent us some advice to share with you.
General Skate Maintenance
In some instances a skater will have a problem with loose toe stops. This occurs when the steel Allen screw begins to bring against the plate. Which is made of aluminum. There is a simple solution to this problem, just follow the procedures listed below.
Ensuring The Right Fit (Adults)
A good fit is essential to comfort and performance. The following guidelines will help you select your correct boot size.
Which Size Do I Order For My Childrens Growing Feet
Buying a decent pair of skates can be expensive and with how fast children grow it can sometimes not seem like its worth the expense. We have a solution. Measure your child's feet (see our video on how). Next compare our skates and sizing of the inner measurements in cm. My recommendation is to choose at least 1cm - 1.5cm bigger than your child's current foot, this will allow for growth. The skate will be too big you say, don't worry we have a solution. Check out insoles, these insoles have a ridge at the back that will allow your child's foot to sit in the correct size. Once their foot grows, throw the insole out and you have a perfect fitting skate.
An entry level synthetic boot does not really have a break in period and thus it should fit comfortably from the beginning as its unlikely they will feel much different later so it is important to ensure they fit and are comfortable. These boots are expected to last 1-2 years only depending on how hard you are on them and how often you skate. So it’s time to make an investment to a quality leather boot which can last as much as 5-6 years, so long term it is good investment and you have a performance product.
Just remember there is a big diffference between U.S. made vs. Chinese-manufactured leather skates. Many are man-made leather or just not high quality leather. The reason skates are made in China in the first place is so that they will be inexpensive, and in order to cut costs, they aren’t made with the same quality of materials and workmanship as their U.S. made counterparts. As they say you get what you pay for.
For the first three or four skating sessions, skate short periods of time. If sore spots or blisters form, stop skating until they heal or insert a blister guard or small sponge pad over the sore spot. If a sore spot persists, the boot may need to be adjusted. Quality leather boots have counters which are perforated and inserted usually in the heel, arch & side/s to not only keeps the boot from losing its shape but prevents your foot rolling out of the boot. They are perforated which means they will mould. You can use your thumb and a little leather conditioner to rub niggly spots or use a shoe stretcher or boot press. A good quality leather boot after the break in period should fit like a glove.
Which Skate Should I Choose?
If you have any questions at all and are completely lost feel free to call skatescool on 0403 223 177, Kerryn will answer and give you the best advise for your budget. With skates you get what you pay for and the lower end around $100 skates are really just for mucking around at home. If your child intends on lessons and skating regularly, I would have a look at the Riedell or Sure Grip range. These are high quality skates and still affordable.
If the skates are for you, ask yourself, what you want them for, ie lessons, a discipline, derby, roller dance, recreational. Ask yourself do i want to skate inside our outside or both. If you want both you will either have to get skates with indoor wheels and buy a set of outdoor wheels for when you want to skate outdoors, or you can get skates with Hybrid Wheels (this means you can skate both inside and outside). You can also buy skates for either just indoors or outdoors.
Safety is a must and all our Skatescool students and even the roller disco participants wear their safety gear. This includes elbow, wrist and knee pads, we also insist on a helmet if they are attending lessons. If your child is just mucking around at home, these pads should be fine, but if attending lessons they will need more expensive quality pads, as they will be jumping, doing knee slides etc. Call 0403 223 177 and speak with Kerryn if you need some advice.