You may have read about my Duckfeet
and my need to replace my 5 year old Jackson Competitors. The problem is: With what? You know, I thought that as an adult once I had a boot I liked I could keep buying that boot, but noooooo, my feet keep changing! Kid's feet get longer; adult feet get wider! After your 60's it's a complete fitting every time!
I'm fortunate that I have the best, possibly the most famous skate tech in the nation about 90 minutes away. When I say 'famous', I don't mean someone who's name you've heard. I mean famous as in a skate tech who is hired by USFSA to go to Nationals, Worlds, and the Olympics to support US figure skaters. Someone who has supported multiple National, World, and Olympic champions with boot fixes and sharpenings, and fitted them for new boots. For hundreds of square miles around where I live, if a skater asks 'Who does your blades?', just saying his first name is enough.
And I'm lucky that despite the fact I am a lowest of the low skater, I've earned the benefits of being a 'regular'. I buy my boots from him, and he does my sharpenings. He's always able to squeeze me in if I have a 'figure skating emergency'.
Today was our first consultation about my new boots. I'm trying to get stock boots.
Reidells are right out. He says they won't fit my duck feet (actually he says "that's not a good last for you").
Jacksons I have been happy with, but not a good choice for my duck feet, and I can only get split width in Premiers. which are too stiff.
I then mention SP-Teri and Harlicks new X-Line boot which seem perfect for duck feet (they come split width in stock).
When I mention Harlick X-lines his eyes light up like the eyes of a coon hound that's caught the scent. He pulls out the Harlick measuring stick, a measuring tape, the special Harlick-block-of-wood-with-a-pin-in-it, a pencil, and a special Harlick form. We're off!
My tech outlines my feet on a piece of paper while I'm sitting (no weight on my feet), standing (with weight on the feet), measures the circumference of the ball of my feet, and measures my feet several different ways with a foot measuring stick. Then he consults the special Harlicks sizing chart (thers a size close to my measurements) and calls someone he knows at Harlicks.
After the consultation, he marks the drawing of my feet by sticking the Harlick-block-of-wood-with-a-pin-in-it in a couple of places. (I think must be arcane dark magic with which no Harlick fitter can work without. No idea what he's marking, maybe the foot midline? )
After a wait, there's a second phone consultation with Harlicks. They'll send out a boot for me to try on. If that doesn't work, I guess we'll see about custom SP-Teris.
What did I learn?
Size: Harlick 6
Good news: I have no pronation! All my footercize worked
Strange news: You've heard of high arches and low arches. I have long arches.
As to what actual boot model? I'm looking at the Harlick Classic (with ankle notch). It's the lightest stiffness, and is actually suitable for roller or figures. Since I don't jump, and don't skate every day, I should
get a year or so out of it.
get quite a bit of wear out of it.
There. The whole experience is out of my system. I know what you're thinking:
No, really, I'm finished. Honest, it's out of my system.