Post # 1
This is probablly a shot in the dark, but are there any figure skating bees (past or present) out there that have ordered custom boots? Possibly with an orthotic and/or wedge correction?
I’m considering ordering a custom pair of Harlicks. I’ve always been able to fit into stock boots and LOVE my Harlicks but do to a foot injury, the altered shape of my foot, and hardware no longer allows my stocks to fit. I also have very flat feet and bad pronation so I was considering orthotics (which are also in my street shoes) to help prevent slipping on my inside edges and falling during jumps.
What were your experiences with customs? With the orthotic?
Post # 3
Well..I play ice hockey so I guess it’s somewhat similar? Maybe not..anyway I have pretty much completely flat feet, so I had to get EE width skates (freakin’ WIDE) and put the Dr. Scholes orthotics that I use in my regular sneakers in them and absolutely love it. My feet used to go numb on the outside of my foot and it would stay like that for hours after only being on the ice for 1 hour.
Post # 4
haha Not exactly the same (similar with a blade on ice idea, but the boots are totally different). My skates are VERY narrow. I have very flat feet but they are also really narrow and getting wide enough to put a street orthotic in would totally mess with timing for jumps. That’s a fantastic idea tho and if it works for hockey that’s great. So much cheaper than buying customs. Thanks for the suggestion!
Post # 5
I’m a former competitive figure skater, and my last two pairs of skates were custom SPTeris. I have really narrow feet myself (my skate tech used to say I had “Jolly Rancher heels”), and these worked great for me. I’m not sure what stiffness level of boot you’re currently using, but I will say that in my experience, custom boots can be really stiff – even stiffer than the “top” category of stock boots. If you have a foot injury, you might want to talk to your skate tech about it, because mine definitely hurt like a LOT while I was breaking them in…you don’t want to do anything that will make your injury worse. I’ve never had true orthotics, but with my last pair of skates, there was an insole that was heat-molded to the shape of my foot. I’d imagine someone who knows what they are doing could take one look at your foot and build some extra arch support into the insole. Finally, I’m not sure what you mean by “hardware”, but if there’s something that is making your foot bumpy, they can probably punch out your skate at the skate shop. I used to get extra spaced punched out for my super-boney ankles (so I wouldn’t get blisters from the pressure).
On a side note, I’d like to point out that I’ve been reading these boards for a while, and your figure skating post is what finally got me to stop being shy and start posting – so thanks! 🙂
Good luck with your skates & hope this helps.
Post # 6
@cupcake:Welcome to weddingbee! Glad I could get you to finally join in.
I’ve been a competitive skater all my life and my current boots are Harlick Finalists so the stiffest they make in a stock boot. I actually had no trouble breaking boots in once I switched to Harlick, but a girl I trained with had terrible trouble with SP Teri’s (made her ankles bleed).
I have a plate and 5 screws in there so that’s what I meant by hardware. Doesn’t exactly make my foot “bumpy”, but my injury falls right along the lace line. My tech also suggested not getting them punched out there because of it being along the laces. I’ve always had to get my boots punched out in the ankles too. Boney ankles here as well! Sounds like your tech is like mine! I love how they are able to look at your foot and can just tell which brand will work best for your structure and if they are good they are right (and you wont have problems breaking them in).