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Old June 11th, 2018, 05:25 PM   #1
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Woohoo. My blades showed up today! They were late as another shipment was late to UPS so I had to wait all weekend for them. They fit nicely, so I'm glad I went with the size 6, I think anything else would be too tight or loose.

The back of the cuff is digging into my leg though, I'm pretty sure it's because I don't have the right socks (at least height wise). Is it normal though? The boot, etc fits nicely, it's just really painful because of the cuff digging in. I'm happy they fit, and hope it's an easy fix, with the right socks though!

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Old June 11th, 2018, 06:47 PM   #2
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They look great! And ease up on the ratchet buckle up top. I run mine with zero pressure on the strap. Try that, then one click at a time to snug slightly. Don't overdo the tightening of the ankle! Remember, speed skaters use "shoes" with low ankles, not boots. So cranking down the buckle till it hurts you is not necessary.

AND good socks, preferably not cotton. Fluffy acrylics work well as do expensive worsted wool. I have narrow feet so I double up on socks. Try Worlds Softest Socks. Usually available at outlet malls and of course, the Internet.
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Old June 11th, 2018, 06:58 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot, Joey! I like them a lot better than I did in the photos, in which, I still liked them pretty well, lol.

Thanks for the sock recommendations as well. I do have a few pair of fluffy socks, I'll see if any of them are long enough. If not, I'll purchase a pair and keep with my skates, as I normally almost always wear ankle/no show socks, so will be good to have a dedicated pair for skating.

Will loosen up on the buckle, as I made it as tight as I can get it. I thought it was better to have them fit as tightly as possible (all the closures, lol). Glad to know, that those few things may fix it as I'd rather not change/return them. I'd rather ride/learn to ride them lol.
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Old June 11th, 2018, 07:21 PM   #4
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This is the closest to the socks I have already. Would these 'spa' ones be too soft? They look like they'd be long enough, as well. The ones I have are a bit older, so have a lot more stretch to them, so I'm not sure they'd be okay, personally (I've had them for years, so they fall, etc).
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Old June 11th, 2018, 07:51 PM   #5
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This is the closest to the socks I have already. Would these 'spa' ones be too soft? They look like they'd be long enough, as well. The ones I have are a bit older, so have a lot more stretch to them, so I'm not sure they'd be okay, personally (I've had them for years, so they fall, etc).
Those socks look like a good start. Usually I have to try a bunch of socks with new skates. Things may change after boots get broken in too. My trick is to use tall socks, then fold them down a couple of times to create a triple-think layer around my shin area and Achilles area. Even tho the socks are tall - like mid-calf - none of the sock shows above the boot cuff as they are folded down into the boot (before I pull the boot on of course).
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Old June 12th, 2018, 02:59 AM   #6
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I actually prefer the socks from Inline Warehouse. They are about mid size and thicker than most sport socks. I have tried the expensive RB socks that cost close to $20 a pair and although they fit well and feel good they are no better in my opinion than the Inline warehouse socks.

I am not affiliated with IW just enjoy their socks!
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Old June 12th, 2018, 09:47 PM   #7
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I actually prefer the socks from Inline Warehouse. They are about mid size and thicker than most sport socks. I have tried the expensive RB socks that cost close to $20 a pair and although they fit well and feel good they are no better in my opinion than the Inline warehouse socks.

I am not affiliated with IW just enjoy their socks!

Thanks! I'll check those out as well, right now I'm just using the fuzzy ones I have, but I'd prefer to get a pair strictly for blading and as the ones I have are years old, figured a new pair would be good.. in more neutral colors, a blue or black probably.
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Old June 13th, 2018, 12:34 PM   #8
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Every time I take the kids skating, I make sure they have "tall socks." Merino wool blend socks are my absolute favorite to skate in. There something like this...

https://www.amazon.com/DANISH-ENDURA...no+socks&psc=1

They're not hot like you would think, it's more of a blend than anything else. They help prevent blisters.

There is always a breaking in period for inline skates. Good luck and let us know how your first session goes!
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Old June 13th, 2018, 10:09 PM   #9
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I use socks designed for walking. I have used them for a few years now, never had a blister when skating or when using them in. My walking/ hiking boots. If I know Iím going to skate for 3-5 hours and itís going to be hot, I take a fresh pair and swap socks halfway through the skate. Clean dry socks really help to prevent blisters
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Old June 15th, 2018, 03:28 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies about socks!
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