My favorite skate tech, Renee at Rainbo Sports, recommends that skaters break in their new figure skating boots by vacuuming the house.
This isn’t just a cheap ploy to encourage your kid to work off the cost of the new boots; it’s legit. It also has the bonus of making me smile when I have to blast the TV’s volume to drown out the Hoover. *Bliss*
Vacuuming helps break in the skates, Renee said, because the movements are similar to ice skating. The figure skater walks forward and backward while vacuuming. She bends her knees to vacuum under the sofa. These steps help to break in the new boots – and the carpet’s clean, too.
Here’s how to do it:
- Put hard skate guards on the blades.
- Lace the boots up to the third hook, not all the way up to the top or fourth hook.
- Set the timer for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Stop when the timer rings.
- Unlace the skates and take them off.
- Wiggle toes and feet.
- Lace ’em back up and drag the vacuum into the family room.
- Set the timer.
- Repeat until the house is clean!
Renee cautions against other methods of breaking-in skates. I hesitate to list the rites and rituals skaters perform when they buy new boots because I’m worried folks will try these methods on their own boots. Let’s just say this: new figure skating boots are a huge purchase for most of us. Talk to your skate tech before you put anything in the boot besides a foot or a sock.
In other posts, I’ve also recommended Silipos Gel Sleeves to help figure skaters with the break-in process. A pair will set you back $30, but I’d rather pay the $30 than a) hear my skater whine and b) waste $500 or more on boots she’ll never use.
What works for you? Feel free to fill the comments area with ideas that figure skaters can use to break-in their boots.