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Old October 9th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Wide Feet

My friend needs new skates (she has Chicago bullets). She needs skates that are good for wide feet WITHOUT being custom. She is on a tight budget. Are there any brands that are known for a wide toe box or just wide in general?
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Old October 9th, 2014, 11:49 PM   #2
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Absolutely. SG Rebel. Good for a wide foot. Used to be $60 a few years ago. Must have gone up a bit by now, but will likely still be one of the least expensive boots going. Thick padding around the ankle and tongue. The padding breaks down a bit after a year, but a 2nd pair of socks can fix that. Full sizes only.

Oh, the leather is HARD. The comfort comes from the padding. And the tongue will be STIFF. It WILL dig into the instep something fierce. Skip the top 2 laces on the boot for the first week or two until the tongue breaks in some. Then you can lace to the top.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 02:36 PM   #3
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I am told that Sure-Grips are made for wider feet. Riedells are known for being a little narrower, but there are different lasts that might make up for it. Some Riedell lasts are known for being narrower than other Riedell lasts.

As someone had mentioned before me and I have heard from others, the SG Rebels are nice for wide feet and pretty good quality.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 05:37 PM   #4
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depending on how tight of a budget and how wide her feet are, crazy dbx3 are an option, second hand may also be worth a look
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Old November 18th, 2014, 09:33 PM   #5
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bont hybrid package. cheap and good
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Old November 18th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #6
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Vanilla brand boots are all wide, otherwise you have to source the wide version from any boot maker...
If buying used make sure to look at photos of the inside markings of the boot and make sure you can return them if not correct, if buying new "Connies" will let you try on a boot and return it then mount it for you, others, hopefully do also?
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Old November 19th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #7
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Vanilla brand boots are all wide, otherwise you have to source the wide version from any boot maker...
If buying used make sure to look at photos of the inside markings of the boot and make sure you can return them if not correct, if buying new "Connies" will let you try on a boot and return it then mount it for you, others, hopefully do also?
This.

Every vanilla boot I have seen is wider than most out there. Good for anyone who has a high volume foot.
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Old November 26th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #8
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Make sure you buy the leather Vanillas. Some styles are not leather and do NOT hold up well.
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Old November 26th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #9
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Make sure you buy the leather Vanillas. Some styles are not leather and do NOT hold up well.
They do OK. but if your doing derby, nothing is going to shine through massive abuse easily. Example for vanilla skates even though its plastic, is a vanilla junior, pretty tough boot considering its price point. If the toes start to get damaged shoe goo works well, and its cheap.

I have a freestyle boot and its pretty good, but again that boot is around 200 where a junior is a whole skate for 200.

The juniors have been known to have poor hubs, but they now have reinforcement webs to support the bearing bores. I don't know about your local rink , but at ours we often find a used junior for 30-50 dollars with some minor cosmetic damages for sale. They can be a great middle ground skate, and a simple wheel change if hub issues happen. This is arguably one of the best route to take as you can get a very nice set of wheels first after the investment on a used junior package. Then a plate, then a nice boot for wide feet like a bont. One can try different mounts with their cheaper vanilla before second guessing their expensive boots.

Based off your original post, my best recommendation is just new/used vanilla junior, like a tuxedo, caution tape, etc. First chance at new upgrade get wheels, then plate then a nice boot for those wide feet.

What size is this skaters foot? I often see mid level skates through our local rink for cheap. S
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