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You Have Comfy Old Skates: Would you Still Buy a Newer, Prettier Pair?

eebee's picture

If your old or present boots feel as comfy as a memory-foam mattress, would you still (or have you ever) shell(ed) out $500+ for a new pair, because you like how they look?

My old Verducci boots and I have been through good times and bad. They have molded to my feet in the process and I have learned not to mistreat them so they don't bite me back. They even adapted when I required them to accommodate a new frame size. I have nothing to complain about with these boots. The dear old things are old, scarred and not sparkly new any more. Lately I have been tempted by the striking young looks of the new Luigino Sting in pink with green wheels. They may hurt and humiliate me, they may actually even ruin my feet for good, but I still want them. I know I'm just dazzled by looks and I don't have the money, but I can't help myself. My old Verduccis might have me back if the new ones don't work out...

Torn between two skate set-ups. Any advice?


roadskater's picture

To Buy or to Dye: Inline Skate Boot Dilemma

Well, as I've been on the road with you when you had skates that weren't fitting and ankles bruised by other older boots, I say it's good to look at similarly made boots as you go. It would be great to get fitted, too, but that's expensive and can be upsetting if the results are not happy, and probably isn't necessary unless one has really oddly shaped feet.

One thing I've thought of doing to get some spark back into my Verduccis (but have not done) is to go to a shoe repair place that dyes shoes for weddings and other special events and such and have my boots refurbed a bit. I could stand to get some of the buckle parts refurbished and strengthened too. Another thought was just to decorate them some silly way on my own with glue and glitter and such, but that might not be too durable. Then there's silver or gold paint, ha!

I understand wanting some cool looking skates! I certainly enjoyed picking out the colors of my skates (sitting on the stairs of the old Columbia University library while visiting with Jared) and loved it when they were bright and new, but it has been a long time since then.

I don't think I'd buy new without being able to return them, and that's difficult, because you generally are not allowed to put a frame on the boots to test them if you think you might not keep them. That's the hardest part of buying boots I guess, and one reason buying other people's mistakes on eBay and elsewhere can be a good way to go. I bought a couple of pairs of Verduccis to try and when they didn't fit right I just put them back on eBay again and basically broke even.

I had another pair of boots (Mogema R-1, bought used) that looked better and when you just put them on they felt better. But certainly they were not as well made for me (or for anyone, I think) as the V-Tek. It's hard to beat comfort for the long road and snug fit for control.

Buy 'em

You've picked such a close cousin to your Verducci's that I say buy'em!  With the Luigino or a Powerslide, you should be fine.  I'm usually a women's 8 1/2 shoe size.  I had a Powerslide C4 size 6, and they fit me perfectly right out of the box.  I used them strictly for indoors, so I sold them because my rink became an RV center!  Either of those should feel related to your elder, well seasoned skates. 

I'll put out a review on my latest aquisition when I get a chance. 

timv's picture

Looks Aren't Everything, or Even Much of Anything for Skates

Elizabeth, for me having skates that fit and worked well over long distances would trump everything else by a large margin. I would hold up the old ugly skates with pride and tell everyone how great they felt on my feet.


I've gotten many compliments on the looks of the Hyper boots that I bought in early spring '06, but they've been murder on my feet for the past year and I'm just now getting them fitted to the point where i can go 30 miles or so without injury or disability. I hung onto my battered old Roces rec skates for as long as I could, and finally replaced them when the boots had deformed to the point where I was getting very sore ankle bones from wearing them. But it's been a real battle to get the new skates to work for me.


That said, skates don't last forever and you're only a broken frame mount away from not having your trusty old Verducci boots anymore. So if you're looking for a rationale, you could say that you're giving yourself time to get comfortable and adjust to the new boots before such time as you absolutely have to have them. And it never hurts to have spare equipment for something as important in your life as skating.


One way or another, the time will eventually come when you need to get a new pair of boots. It's not a time-wasting asset and prices are as likely to go up as down, so other than the cost of capital you could be as well off getting them now as later.


eebee's picture

Intact Mounting Blocks: A Beautiful Thing Indeed!

Right! It's all over when anything in the mounting blocks is hosed. Although Blake and I'm sure others out there have devised some creative solutions to flat-lining hardware threads, thereby saving many an old speed-boot life. Hours before A2A, even!

You're right: it would be prudent to have a back up pair of skates. I'm just leery about spending so much money on something I may possibly never be able to use, and am afraid I'm just being bedazzled.

If you're up to 30 miles sans agony, that's great! Congratulations. And those are 30 hilly miles too, probably, right? That's an even better achievement. Hills hurt my feet worse than flatland.  

I'm all for celebrating my dull yet cushy speedskates, hence my guilt at coveting the new ones :-)

The precarious mounting-block issue is rationale enough! Thanks Tim! 

-I'd love to hear even more stories about people's speed-boot buying episodes: your expectations, and how the skates measured up in reality.

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