Deptford Skating and Fun Center, located in New Jersey, is all about roller skating and skater education. Which brings us to today’s DSC topic of how to ‘break-in’ your new leather roller skates.
- Wearing- Okay, this one is an easy method, but it is still true! Wearing your skates frequently will help the leather boot to contour to your foot faster. Do this by wearing the boots often; the wheels may or may not be attached (your preference if the wheels are removable).
- Conditioner- No, not the kind for your hair; we mean leather conditioner. Rub the conditioner on areas of the skate boot that are too stiff for comfort (like areas hurting your achilles tendon). The leather conditioner will soften the skate boot’s leather when you rub it on and bend the leather back and forth. This may take multiple applications.
- Heat Molding- One of the more popular methods in the industry is that of heat molding skates. Some pro shops have skate boot ovens for this purpose, but in general, most roller skaters do it themselves. Using a hair dryer, heat your skate boot evenly (more on the stiffer ankle leather) but do not heat too much, as you may damage the leather or burn yourself. Your skate should simply be warm. After it is warm, put your socked foot into the skate and lace it up tightly; in five minutes your skate should have conformed to your foot and be ready to skate in!
- Lacing- Save the muscles and tendons of your foot and ankle by breaking in your roller skates with their own laces. Follow these three steps (may take several days):
- Lace up boots leaving the top two holes unlaced & top laces loose – Skate 4-6 hours.
- Lace up boots leaving top hole unlaced & top laces loose – Skate 4-6 hours.
- Lace boots up completely with regular tension on top laces – Skates should be broken-in.
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Your friends at DSC hope that one of these tips will help you break-in your new roller skates! Stop by the DSC Skate Shop anytime to check out our latest inventory of skates and to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have about owning new skates. We hope to see you and your new skates cruising the DSC rink soon!
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